Re: Singularity information

Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 12:21:28 MST

On Sat, 12 Feb 2000 01:55:44 -0800 (PST) "Robert J. Bradbury"
<> writes:
> On Fri, 11 Feb 2000, James Swayze wrote:
 Can someone either
> > explain what singularity is or point me in the right direction?
> > I'd appreciate a sussinct source as I am short on time.

> In *short*, it is the time when the exponential growth of
> technologies reaches the point that when you wake up in the morning,
things look *very*, *very* different from the way they looked when you
went to
> sleep. Another way of looking at it is the time when the rate of
change of
> the world around us appears (subjectively) to be very fast.
> Of course some, particulary those who are older, might argue that
> is already the case.

It seems that the rate of development of technology would necessarily be
limited by the rate at which the new technology can be assimilated by the
users, assuming that the users are directing the development. So long as
humans are in charge, it seems that they would not allow technology to
advance any faster than they wish it to advance. And if humans were not
in charge, and technology were advancing on its own, as for example by
the actions of intelligent robots, it seems that humans would seek to
isolate themselves from the new technology so long as it is too advanced
for them to use or to benefit from it.

Ron Kean




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