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Finding Balance in the Singularity Movement

June 25, 2010 - 1 Comment

For the past 10 days or so—beginning with the New York Times piece, “Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday” to today’s item on about Singularity University welcoming its class of 2010—I’ve seen lots of articles focusing on the Singularity Movement—you know, the belief that at that some point in the not-too-far future, we’ll become part machine or be subsumed by robots. I find this utterly fascinating and frightening at the same time.

The part about potentially seeing huge advances in our evolutionary process and ways to solve the world’s problems is naturally exciting. I geek out on science fiction with the best of them. But this geek is still really tethered to the human network. Read: humans innovating with technologies to make the world a better place.

Technology is being used increasingly in innovative ways that have a tremendously positive impact on our everyday lives—witness Smart Grid, telemedicine, and the freedom to be productive securely and wirelessly regardless of where you are thanks to increasingly borderless networks.

For me, I’m aligned with a sentiment expressed in a letter to the editor that was published in response to the New York Times piece I referenced at the beginning of this blog: “Let us never stop striving for us, but let us do it as us so that we still have reason for striving.”

Tell me what you think—I’d love to hear more about the climate around Singularity.

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  1. I recently discovered the notion of Singularity, and am impressed and grateful. It answers my puzzlement as to the next direction evolution will take. Like you, I am not as certain about the time frame.