Examining the Aftermath of the Singularity

Future Brain

A trailer (see below) was recently released for an upcoming movie about the technological singularity – a hypothetical point when AI begins to vastly exceed human intelligence. Premiering in theaters in April, ‘Transcendence’ will portray what might occur during the early stages of the singularity. While technological advancements still have a way to go before this becomes reality, this movie will likely give us at least one example of what life might be like for our planet once the singularity occurs. Read More →

Konosuke Matsushita’s Role in the Singularity

Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989)

While people today may bicker back and forth about the question of humanity’s future relationship with technology, Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989) developed a management technique that answered the question (in many ways) decades ago. As a scientist and an inventor, Matsushita developed countless products that people still use today. He invented the modern bicycle lamp, and founded the company that Westerners know as Panasonic. Matsushita was apparently even involved with the development of the modern space heater.

His work as an applied scientist isn’t what he’s most famous for, however. When people discuss the culture of Japanese management, they often comment on Matsushita’s research whether they realize it or not. He carefully studied the way that people work and organized techniques around it. While it might be said that he tried to graft mechanical principles onto human beings, history actually remembers him as an honorable man who gave people fair jobs.

Philosophical and scientific essays by Matsushita were collected into a book that’s usually called The Pathfor those of you that might be interested in reading more of his workWhile modern researchers may discuss the technological singularity today, Matsushita was bringing humanity and machinery closer back in the mid-30s. What makes his story all the more impressive is the fact that he didn’t receive any formal education after the age of 9.

Localizing Software in a Singularity

The idea of an auxiliary language was quite popular for a period of time in the 20th century. Esperanto was often thrown around as a serious option, though fictional languages have actually caught on more than this purposefully made auxiliary tongue ever did. Nevertheless, the ability to communicate is becoming increasingly important. The very concept of a technological singularity relies on the ability of individual people to speak to one another. Read More →

Biological Responses to Cyborg Life

While there have been a number of compelling essays on gender equality, physical differences continue to define human beings. Cyborg life forms would be without these constraints. Certain feminist authors have actually focused on this as a radical way to achieve gender equality, though other commentators have held less optimistic views.

Computer culture is probably a good indication of the way that society is moving as it approaches a technological singularity. Even though Internet technology has continued to shape the way people think, it seems that people are still slaves to their genetic code. Role-play characters are an excellent example of this.

Gamer culture focuses heavily on the ability to take on the roles of different characters. While players can create any sort of being that they wish to in a freeform role-play, many of them seem to be uncomfortable playing characters that completely lack gender roles. Neuter characters must seem alien to the human psyche.

While it is a primitive desire, humans are currently still required to reproduce to survive as a species. Cyborg life is somewhat unsettling in this respect. Few people are ready to throw away their ability to reproduce organically for instance. Mass production is frowned upon in many circles, and it might be difficult to find people who would like to apply that technique to humanity as a whole.

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Robotic Companions of the Future

Many articles that focus on the increasing similarities between organic life and machines focus purely on the ways that humans are becoming increasingly mechanized. It can be assumed that people will become even more like machines as the collective human consciousness moves towards a single technological singularity. However, what might be more startling is the way in which machines are often beginning to resemble other animals aside from humans. Read More →

Superintelligence Must be Carefully Tapped

I’m of the opinion that if we’re ever going to achieve long-range space exploration/colonization, human engineering of some sort will be required. This not only applies to space exploration however, but most likely the long-range survival of humanity in general. The common fear in this topic seems to always conjure up a ‘rise of the machines’ scenario when I’m discussing this with others. So I thought that today I’d post a few thoughts on how these fears might be alleviated in the future. Read More →