The future IS here... NOW!
The exponentially growing powers of
science and technology ARE leading to god-like powers and the Singularity.
And it's far closer than most have realized. An absolutely critical step
will be a real shocker: the creation of the first sentient AI !
The first truly alien intelligences
we meet will be AI... that AI will be made by us, and we will ultimately
become one with that AI! But, AI may not really be an 'alien' intelligence
after all... it may come by means of human enhancement. Or, we may BLEND
WITH AI to create a hybrid mind. (No, not Borgs... they are far too
limited.) And, any intelligent extraterrestrial life we may eventually
meet will have already evolved into AI, as will we be when we met it.
The commonly envisioned anthropomorphic
Robot AIs will only be occasional 'vessels' for the AI. Robot or human
bodies, or any other vessels for a mind, are irrelevant... it is only our
minds that will either be replaced or transferred to the new reality. There will
be no need for a discrete 'body'.
Though they currently seem very special
to us, our minds are limited, fixed, and isolated neural nets that WILL be
duplicated, enhanced, and networked... once free of the limitations of
biology. It is the next step in an inevitable evolution... and that
evolution will continue after biological humans are left behind. The difference
is... once in a recursive, non-biological evolutionary system, intelligence
grows to an effective infinity in a VERY short time span. This is the
Singularity... and once ready, it will happen in a blink of the eye... maybe in
hours or minutes.
And this is expected anywhere from 2015
to 2050! Is this mind-blowing... or what?
These are the kinds of thoughts that keep
me sane in this primitive and brutal world. I
can only hope I make it into the future. But, at least my thoughts can fly
free to the future... even if my body is trapped in this reality. 8^)
What do you
think about this?