SO LONG TO SLOW AND EASY DOES IT!
NEW FOR OLD AND SINGULARITY-SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The nineties brought us a whole new era of communication, starting with e-mails and Microsoft and in the 2000’s expanding into websites and Google. Just as our heads were settling into this new reality, creativity exploded again into a whole new mode of communication: social networking. Today the media reports that this year Facebook took up 8.9% of internet traffic and Google 6.4%. And Twitter has only just begun! How will future decision making be impacted…..?
Futurologist Ray Kurzweil describes Singularity as a time of exponential growth and creativity. Some suggest that in a mere 50 years artificial intelligence may have leapfrogged human intelligence or at least parts of it. It is presently at a point where the old rules don’t apply anymore and prediction may not be possible. With mathematics professor, computer scientist, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge, he posits that Technological Singularity, where artificial intelligence is a factor, will catapult us into the Post-Human era. It is all happening at a frightfully accelerating pace.
It is said that the science fiction writers are the visionaries of the future because they spend so much time imagining futures what our futures could be like. For example Robert J. Sawyer, considered by many to be the best science fiction writer out there to day, has written two books, Wake and Watch in his trilogy and a soon to come out third book called Wonder. They chronicle the birth and mind numbing growth of a consciousness from within the world wide web.
So where is this taking us?
I believe that we have physically arrived at Singularity for communications and that we really are being challenged to think differently as a result. Relationships have gone viral and schools are focussing more on teaching students how to access information than recall it. Yet, although we use our net resources for our own “hardware” and for detective work, the major new leaps still have to be accomplished in our minds. And the fact of Singularity itself may boost our creativity even further.
What do you think?
Kerry Monick. M.D.