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Are we approaching a technological singularity?
02-09-2013, 11:03 AM
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Are we approaching a technological singularity?
The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means.[1] Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted.
Proponents of the singularity typically state that an "intelligence explosion",[2][3] where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.
The term was popularized by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, who argues that artificial intelligence, human biological enhancement, or brain-computer interfaces could be possible causes of the singularity. The specific term "singularity" as a description for a phenomenon of technological acceleration causing an eventual unpredictable outcome in society was coined by mathematician John von Neumann, who in the mid 1950s spoke of "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue." The concept has also been popularized by futurists such as Ray Kurzweil, who cited von Neumann's use of the term in a foreword to von Neumann's classic The Computer and the Brain.
Kurzweil predicts the singularity to occur around 2045 while Vinge predicts some time before 2030.

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02-09-2013, 11:05 AM
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RE: Are we approaching a technological singularity?
I definitely think Google and Co. are working with some of these philosophies in mind.

Google glasses are a good example of something that will "accelerate" this paradigm shift.

The computer is going to mold your tastes and tell you what to think.. instead of you telling the computer what to think.

However Michio Kaku says the best AI right now is about as smart as a cockroach.

and I doubt true AI exists or can exist.

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02-09-2013, 11:19 AM
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RE: Are we approaching a technological singularity?
those be some overly optimistic fellows.
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02-09-2013, 11:22 AM
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RE: Are we approaching a technological singularity?
^ I agree. their predictions never pan out.

HOwever the google glasses trouble me.

This will destroy human communication even more.

anything you look at, the computer will tell you what it is.

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