The Singularity Hits the Front Page February 11, 2011Posted by Metabiological in Transhumanism.
Tags: Ray Kurzweil, Singularity, transhumanism
Most people who care have probably already seen the article in TIME about Ray Kurzweil and by extension the Singularity movement. As far as mainstream reports go this is probably the best one I’ve seen. I especially appreciated the fact that they noted that not all transhumanists are desciples of Kurzweil.
The Singularity isn’t just an idea. it attracts people, and those people feel a bond with one another. Together they form a movement, a subculture; Kurzweil calls it a community. Once you decide to take the Singularity seriously, you will find that you have become part of a small but intense and globally distributed hive of like-minded thinkers known as Singularitarians.
Not all of them are Kurzweilians, not by a long chalk. There’s room inside Singularitarianism for considerable diversity of opinion about what the Singularity means and when and how it will or won’t happen. But Singularitarians share a worldview. They think in terms of deep time, they believe in the power of technology to shape history, they have little interest in the conventional wisdom about anything, and they cannot believe you’re walking around living your life and watching TV as if the artificial-intelligence revolution were not about to erupt and change absolutely everything.
I’ve had some disagreements with Kurzweil’s predictions (not that he cares, I’m just some shlub on the internet) but I can’t deny that he is the face of the transhumanist movement or that he’s a damn good one. Lets just hope he’s right.