Singularity and its vast implications.

Our technology is increasing very rapidly. Tomorrow it will be increasing faster, and the day after that, still faster. Technology is very literally increasing at an exponential rate. And it’s not going to stop.
Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, predicts that within forty years computers will achieve self-awareness, consciousness. This prediction isn’t too hard to believe. We’ve seen, just in our lifetime, video games go from a dot bouncing back and forth on a television screen to first-person games that are so graphic that the makers are legally required to label them with parental advisory warnings on them. Beyond that, we have virtual reality video games in which it can be difficult to decipher what is reality and what is not. If you’re not familiar with those video games, take a simple google search, for example. We used to type in very specific search words to find what we were looking for. Now we can misspell the first word of three, and before we begin on the second word, the computer already knows what you’re looking for, and helps you with automatic suggestions. It can be said that those suggestions are simply algorithms based on current trends in internet searches, a simple process of connecting the dots. But that’s basically how our brains function. There’s little difference. This awareness, Kurzweil calls singularity.
Singularity is the term associated with the point in time at which computers become “superintelligent,” that is, smarter than the collective mind of humans. The possibilities of superintelligence that the current human mind can fathom are both frightening and exciting. The possibilities that the human mind cannot fathom because of the human mind’s limitations are truly unfathomable. We are not smart enough to conceive something that can be created by a mind smarter than ours.
But even what we can fathom is fantastic to think about. Kurzweil predicts that nanotechnology will allow us to live longer, and longer. It is also predicted that, at the point of singularity, human life expectancy will increase one year for every year. Kurzweil also predicts that our individual human experience can be uploaded, which will mean that we could live forever in a virtual world. This is where things get interesting.
In a virtual world all things become possible. If you want to fly like Superman, you may. If you want to walk on the surface of the sun, you may. If you want to save or destroy the world, it’s your option. In a virtual world you are limited only by your imagination. Everything we imagined would be created at the speed of thought, and the virtual world would seem so real that there would be no distinguishing between it and the real world.
At the end of his documentary, Transcendent Man, Kurzweil is asked if there is a God. He responds, “well … not yet.” He believes that the singularity will be so intelligent that it will serve as God. It will be omniscient, and in the case of a virtual world, it would be omnipresent and omnipotent.
In this virtual world where we will exist, we will literally be surrounded by God. Everything we experience will be of God. We will be of God. We will, in essence, be God. There will be no separation between God and man. It will be billions of individual consciousnesses all inside of one collective conscious. Consider the virtual world like the internet with an infinite amount of data. Everyone’s thoughts will be “uploaded” into this internet, except it won’t have to be uploaded because it’s happening within the internet, the virtual world, already. So, if a person wanted to know what it’s like to be a Siberian herdsman, all he would have to do is think about it, and he wouldn’t simply know what it’s like to be a Siberian herdsman, he would be a Siberian herdsman.
Everyone’s experience would be everyone’s experience. We would all be one. No difference between you and me, because everything I am, you are.
But I say we are already there. We are creative beings. Everything we experience is created by us already. We can do whatever we want. And we do whatever we want. Live forever? We already do. We are not limited to this body permanently. Only by choice are we limited to it now.
Could this virtual reality world, (I use the term virtual lightly because we are already in a virtual reality, which is that of our own making) be our awakening to our limitless origins? Maybe. But I doubt it. We will still be human in some way. To be human is to forget that we are God.

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3 Responses to “Singularity and its vast implications.”
  1. Emil (SYMK) says:

    What do you believe a conversation between Neale Donald Walsch and Ray Kurzweil would come across as. A debate, or an agreement with a difference of opinion on when it has or will happen?

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    • I think Walsch would say something similar to what I said at the end of the post. Kurzweil wouldn’t agree with him, or me, though. It’s so interesting to me how science and spirituality are beginning to merge. It reminds me of the line in the movie The Matrix, when Tank says ” … it’s a very exciting time!” In fact, if you put The Matrix together with Terminator you’ll get a very good idea of what the future may hold. Not just potential outcomes i.e. Terminator, but also the inner workings, i.e. The Matrix.

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      • Christie says:

        I love how you wrapped up with those last two paragraphs as that’s exactly what I was thinking along and along as I was reading your summation. Very well put. Interesting stuff, but like you pointed out, we’re already there. We have been all along.

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