2045: Time for Singularity?
Recently Time posted a piece about a possible singularity coming in 2045, "the year when man becomes immortal." Most of the RS readership is already familiar with Terence McKenna's views on reaching a point of singularity that he believed would be on the now infamous date of 2012. He formulated this with his Time Wave Zero software.
According to Raymond Kurzweil, who back in 1965 built a computer that formulated a musical composition, humanity is fast approaching a point where computers will become intelligent, even more so than their first human creators. At that point he believed humanity will be transformed forever and embark on a new age. Kurzweil believes humans are rocketing to this point as the wheel of our creations begins to spin faster and faster, inevitably reaching a point--that he calculates at being about 35 years away--when civilization as we know it will simply cease to be.
The theories behind such a point of singularity and the physics behind the speed of cyclical progression is well documented, and can be seen by even the most casual of observations from this past decade alone. Computers are getting exponentially faster, and this will continue as more powerful computers are created, becoming faster and smaller. As each threshold is passed, the generator of creation picks up speed until it inevitabley reaches a point of self-sustainability--in terms of computers this means true artificial intelligence. This could initiate a new age when computers become their own makers, reproducing themselves alongside their human counterparts.
Whether this moment is met only time can tell, but what is clear is that the vehicle of our own making has been set into motion, and it is up to the human mind to evolve its own design to determine the direction of our destiny.
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