Tag Archive: Singularity

Feb 18 2017

Shutting the Door on the Future

The concept of a Technological Singularity is becoming current again, with various pundits and techno-billionaires warning us of the potential consequences. Science Fiction writers, in particular, have quite a hard time with the whole thing. Charles Stross and Jo Walton both famously referred to the Singularity as “the turd in the punchbowl of Science Fiction.” …

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Nov 30 2013

The Simulation Hypothesis and Religion: Part 4 – The Nature of God

In Part 1 (Animism) of my series on the Simulation Hypotheses and Religion I explored some means by which a simulated world, containing Artificial Intelligences called ‘humans’, might exhibit the characteristics of Animist belief; including ‘spirits’ and ‘supernatural connections’ between things. In Part 2 (The God Module) I looked at the role of and enabling factors for faith, especially faith when …

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Sep 21 2013

The Consequences of The Simulation Hypothesis

The Wikipedia article for the Simulation Hypothesis is crisp and to the point: The simulation hypothesis (simulation argument or simulism) proposes that reality is a simulation and those affected are generally unaware of this. The concept is reminiscent of René Descartes‘ Evil Genius but posits a more futuristic simulated reality. Later, the article describes a number of types of reality simulation, focusing on the mechanics – things like …

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Sep 12 2008

Telescopic Evolution

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the integrated circuit. In that time we have gone from five discrete components on chip (including transistors, capacitors, and resistors) to over a billion transistors alone. That is pushing nine orders of magnitude in five decades! Can you imagine your life without IC’s? Electronics technology not progressing past vacuum …

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Jul 05 2008

Fourth of July Followup…

Phil Bowermaster has a Declaration of Singularity.

Mar 25 2008

Songs for after the Singularity: The Humans are Dead

Aug 27 2007

I am not a Singulatarian

There are plenty of Singularity doubters out there. Some think we won’t last long enough. Others simply figure the robots aint gonna take over, period. The common thread among all the deniers appears to be a misunderstanding of what a Technological Singularity really means. For what it’s worth, you often find the same problem on …

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Aug 07 2007

Whither Fermi?

There has been a lot of talk about the Fermi Paradox lately, partially sparked by George P. Dvorsky’s recent essay ‘The Fermi Paradox: Advanced civilizations do not…‘ Today Centauri Dreams follows up with a very interesting post on what we should be looking for. I highly recommend reading both essays, but I should point out …

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May 31 2007

Infeasible isn’t

Yet another narrow-cast blog, but there is a twist to this one: Infeasible is a blog dedicated to proving Transhumanism is a crock of shit. Why bother? The author says he wants to make the world a better place: However, thanks to the internet, I can really make a positive impact on the world by …

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May 24 2007

How can entropy be reversed?

Hmmm… Good question. Let’s ask Multivax! (From Isaac Asimov’s classic story, The Last Question.)

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