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The lead up to the Singularity

Explains the scope of London Futurists, by briefly describing technology convergence, the technological singularity, and the hybrid age. For more details about the concept of the “Hybrid Age”,…

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  1. Matthew J Price says:

    I’d missed this when +David Wood first posted it, but I’m a fan of the +London
    Futurists’ first video and I’m looking forward to more content.

    The order in which the technologies are presented seems unlikely to me, but
    the convergent effects will be roughly the same (yet practically,
    dramatically different) and just one or two of these fields would alone
    launch a technological singularity as they reach maturity.

    I think it’s admirable, though maybe misguided the way the comments are
    getting individual attention. I’m an optimist but I wouldn’t spend much
    time trying to convince people the merits of transhumanism in a YouTube
    comment. Is there an medal for Quixotic reasonableness?

    David, if you’d like any help answering some of the questions you pose
    here, I’d love to a part of the conversation.
    

  2. Rubytuby says:

    If you build a button that will destroy everything human nature will push
    it unfortunately.

  3. Battery9876 says:

    A super dictatorship may be a possibility indeed. Humans are easy to
    brainwash and control ( religion for instance ). These super intelligences
    would be quick to figure out how to use weaknesses in our psychology and
    ability to think rationaly to control us.

  4. Frederic Emam-Zadé Gerardino says:

    Singularity

    Futurist David Wood presents a broad outline of the technological
    convergence that will lead up to the Singularity, and how the next three to
    40 years will see us enter an increasingly Hybrid Age.

    Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/search/label/singularity#ixzz2e3iZxnFp
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  5. Deep Ashtray says:

    One aspect that isn’t addressed and you can see going on right now is the
    divide between those who have access to technology and those left behind…
    and I don’t just mean developing countries. Here in the U.S., the most
    economically powerful nation on the planet, there is a stark contrast
    between the technological have-nots and everyone else; something as simple
    as being able to afford digital television let alone a functional updated
    computer.

  6. David Wood says:
  7. Hemant Bhalerao says:

    Technology Convergence

  8. Peter Mungai says:

    Singularity

    Futurist David Wood presents a broad outline of the technological
    convergence that will lead up to the Singularity, and how the next three to
    40 years will see us enter an increasingly Hybrid Age.

    Read more: http://www.33rdsquare.com/search/label/singularity#ixzz2e3iZxnFp
    Follow us:@33rdsquare on Twitter | 33rdsquare on Facebook

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  12. Mario DeSousa says:

    Sorry, couldn’t get past the opening hypothetical analogy, that leap
    frogged to multiple assumed to be implied technologies. None of which
    exist. Figured I’d best save myself the trouble and file this in with
    religion and gold bug blabber.

  13. sunbaskingman says:

    According to objectivist pholosophy, the standard of value is human life.
    The meaning of life is life itself. Every decision an individual makes
    either moves him closer to life or death. Thus as the technology ramps up
    it needs to be guided toward the ultimate standard of value (an
    individual’s life).

  14. David Wood says:

    Hi sunbaskingman, Starting from the statement that the ultimate standard of
    value is human life, would you agree that humans should seek to live the
    best possible lives they can attain (in other words, to become the best
    possible version of themselves)? Whilst not acting alone, technology could
    make a decisive difference regarding the level of that attainment.

  15. Khannea Suntzu says:

    Look at the economical mess the world is in. The “Singularity” needs a
    certain complex and stable society that’s able to field scientists,
    investors in a world not wracked by crisis, crime and unrest. The precursor
    conditional requirements for a Singularity are falling away quickly, and we
    are creating a world where – if a Singularity might occur it would
    increasingly likely to be triggered by viciously negative elements in
    society, such as defense industries.

  16. COLOR COMMANDO says:

    Man is experiencing a negative mutation as life and death are a paradox,
    living and dying at the same time. Henry Drummond – once said that Life is
    capacity to relate to one’s environment. Consider man’s separation of the
    source of life-God. The Old and New Testaments speak of the value of human
    life and the restoration of anthropo to all that which has been lost, being
    complete and all that God intends him to be through the Propitiation of
    Christ, not the perpetual counterfeits of Scientism.

  17. David Wood says:

    Agreed, those of us who hope to help bring about a positive Singularity
    must face the reality that the preconditions for a positive Singularity are
    under threat from a growing number of societal tensions. That’s why I aim,
    in London Futurists, to look hard at the intermediate period between now
    and any Singularity, and to consider what people should be doing, now, to
    mould better conditions that will in turn raise the likelihood of a future
    positive Singularity.

  18. David Wood says:

    Hi Color, I personally see no reason to give any special privilege to the
    archaic stories in the Old and New Testaments, over and above the claims of
    many interesting stories in other so-called holy books or works of
    literature throughout the millenia. Do you intend your criticism of “the
    counterfeits of Scientism” to apply to my video? I thought the video was
    clear that we need to urgently address questions of values (desirability)
    as well as just technical possibility.

  19. Michael Nuschke says:

    Great overview which reveals the depth and breadth of impacts of
    accelerating technology.

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