Re: Singularity Fallacies: An essay by Extropia DaSilva

From: Giu1i0 Pri5c0 (
Date: Sun Aug 26 2007 - 10:56:31 MDT

The essay was too big for Expression Engine. I split it into 2 parts:


On 8/26/07, Giu1i0 Pri5c0 <> wrote:
> Another thoughtful essay by Extropia DaSilva, on the Technological
> Singularity and the evolution of the Internet towards the Omninet.
> "In this extended essay, I look at some of the fallacies that crop up
> in discussions of the Technological Singularity, and I don't just mean
> the fallacies made by the people who think it is all a load of
> nonsense. In fact, before proceeding, it's worth noting that, just
> because the arguments put forward by most critics contain inaccuracies
> and a general lack of understanding, that does not mean to say that
> their conclusion (that there will be no Singularity) is wrong. Indeed,
> at the end of this essay I argue that a proper understanding of what
> the Singularity represents does show that its physical existence is an
> illusion… "
> Also, the 'Omninet': "Sci-fi visions of becoming immersed in
> cyberspace imagined this would ocurr via us 'jacking in' by plugging a
> cable into our brains. Cyberspace might indeed enter our brains,
> albeit via a network of nanoscale transponders communicating with
> neurons and each other on a local area wireless network. But,
> ultimately, if this idea of an omninet is valid, immersion will happen
> because the Internet spreads out into ubiquitous sensors that pervade
> the environment. The sheer quantity of data and diversity of knowledge
> that will exist in this age would overwhelm us, absolutely requiring
> advanced machine intelligence to help organize and make sense of it".

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