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The Final Step in our evolution... soon

 

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence.

Shortly after, the human era will be ended.

Vernor Vinge, 1993

 
NEW!
Kurzweil has a new site heralding his latest book:

http://www.singularity.com

Due out September 22, 2005

672 pages of updated Singularity reading!

The Intelligent Universe   (Ray Kurzweil, 2002)

Within 25 years, we'll reverse-engineer the brain and go on to develop super-intelligence. Extrapolating the exponential growth of computational capacity (a factor of at least 1000 per decade), we'll expand inward to the fine forces, such as strings and quarks, and outward. Assuming we could overcome the speed of light limitation, within 300 years we would saturate the whole universe with our intelligence.

Singularity Institute

Understanding the Singularity

 

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The logarithmic explosion of technology, driven by Molecular Nanotechnology and advanced AI, will surely enable the Singularity in much less than 100 years.  (Current estimates cluster around 2030!) We need more time... but time and progress waits for no one.

No human can guess, let alone predict what the 'other side' of the Singularity will be like.  With molecular and atomic control of matter, and hyper-fast molecular computer systems enhancing our intelligence, 'Humans' will transcend our biology.  Once we arbitrarily and dynamically define ourselves, both physically and intellectually, we step through the Singularity!  I want to take that step.. will you join me?

My tiny contribution to the survival and transformation of our species is this site.... to introduce you to the concept of the Singularity & Transhumanism.

There is a long and arduous journey between the dawn of sentience and the security of post-humanity.

Though the journey is now short in years, we still have many treacherous obstacles to overcome.  My wish to us all is that we make it to the singularity!

Below (and in the navigation bars) are some links that will start you on your path to understanding this incredible, humanity transforming event...

1st Steps to understanding...

 
 
 
 

 

 

Transhumanism Evolved

(The 1993 article that introduced the idea of The Singularity.)

Introduction to the singularity   (Singularity Institute)

Introduction to Transhumanism   (Nanotechnology Industries)

(I consider myself SL3, struggling with SL4...)

More From Yudkowski

 
(Kurzweil's projections of a Singularity around 2030!)

Why 'allow' the Singularity?

Well, it's inevitable... we can't stop it.  If humans survive at all, the singularity is going to happen.

Even if we had a choice... the Singularity is our only hope for survival. Existential risks abound, and life itself is tenuous.

 
"Human history may be brief without the Singularity. This is the core argument for the entire movement: A posthuman future may be our species' only chance for any legacy at all.
 
Talk to transhumanists about the nightmares of a blitzkrieg of nanites turning the world into "gray goo," the dark vision of human mutants in rebellion, or the specter of killer robots on the loose, and they'll calmly remind you the earth has an expiration date. Climate change, natural or not, could break civilization in mere thousands of years; cosmic catastrophes will snuff out the survivors later. If anything is to remain of us, we'll need to settle around other stars."
 
"An existential risk is one where humankind as a whole is imperiled. Existential disasters have major adverse consequences for the course of human civilization for all time to come."

Singularity articles at Kurzweilai.net

(Most Excellent collection of articles)

To navigate 'The Brain', just click on any subject in the linked matrix, and enjoy!

The Brain at kurzweilai.net:  Singularity

More on the Singularity at kurzweilai.net

July 10, 2003
KurzweilAI.net has published The Ray Kurzweil Reader, a collection of essays by Ray Kurzweil on virtual reality, artificial intelligence, radical life extension, conscious machines, the promise and peril of technology, and other aspects of our future world.
 

 

Singularity and Transhuman items

 

Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Inc

Extropy Institute        IMMINST.ORG | For infinite lifespans        BETTERHUMANS

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky's work on AI and the Singularity 

Yudkowsky: Staring into the Singularity   (Here, Yudkowsky shares a very visceral and awed awareness of the difference between human perception and how massive the Singularity will be.  I'm pleasantly surprised to find some of my perceptions like his...)

nickbostrom.com

Singularitarian FAQ

World Transhumanist association  (co-founded by Nick Bostrom)

The Web Within Us: Minds and machines become one.   (Kurzweil)

Stelarc Cybernetic experimentation  This is wild stuff!

Berkeley Robotics Lab  Interesting human extension projects!

 

 

The technology of Universal Intelligence   I view the interviewer's magazine with extreme skepticism... but Kurzweil's answers are excellent.

Audio of Some of the Talks at Transvision 2003  (MP3s)

 

DARPA's new supersoldiers

 

Brain Waves

 
Transhumantech Transhumanist newsgroup

SingularityWatch.com

SingularityInvestor.com

 

Transhuman Tribe

 

paradise-engineering.com

 

Natasha

Natasha Vita More - Transhumanist.

She is a living example of what Transhumans will be:  highly intelligent, incredibly fit, stunningly beautiful.

Be sure to check out her  Transhumanist body design!

Natasha's Web Links
Featuring Extropians and Other Transhumans

Institute for the Study of Accelerating Change

  

 

All Singularity Pages on this site:

Singularitarian FAQ
When we will be like the gods
Staring Into The Singularity
Subjective time
Damien Broderick
Brain Scanning
DARPA's supersoldiers
Cyborg future
Music from the Singularity
First alien will be AI

 

 

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