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Old 11-15-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I think that at this point, the singularity as merely a concept, has no effect on society outside of the small minority of humans who even have any knowledge or interest in it.
If this was the 1960's then I would agree that a "singularity" would be nothing more then a concept. With all the proven mathematical models its no more a "concept" then is predicting when the sun will set due to mathematical models is.

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I am personally not optimistic about the more extreme claims of this singularity(greatly increased lifespans, mind uploading..) becoming reality within our lifetimes.
Life spans have been increasing ever since humans were in the stone age. In fact the rate at which they are advancing have also been increasing. We are just at the point where the rate at which life spans go up is going into high gear. My grandparents might have been the greatest generation but because of what is going on in the scientific community today I call us the luckiest generation.

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Assuming for the sake of debate however that the near-term projections are roughly accurate, I believe that any capability that has the potential to profoundly alter the way in which life is lived in a sudden manner can result in disruptions, especially if society is not prepared culturally, politically and legally.
This I agree with 100% and is exactly why its called the singularity not because this is some cosmic event going to happen as it is not.

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I can foresee controversy developing regarding medical advances that allow the superrich to extend life/youth far beyond what is now possible, but the poor & middle classes left to die/age the same as today.
That happens in Hollywood but not real life. In fact as technology becomes better it becomes cheaper. Just look at cell phones. When they first came out they were expensive did not work very good and only the rich had them. Today they are cheap, work good and most everyone has one.

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I see no societal disruption to exponential computing power increase..........unless of course, artificial intelligence becomes reality, the consequenses of which would be highly unpredictable. But i am no more sold on this as a physical possibility than I am of mind uploading.
Look at this article:

Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning.

First they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they're in our palms. Next they'll be on our faces.

(Eventually they'll be in our brains.)

Read more: The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming - Business Insider

Today they already enhance our intelligence as in the 1980's it would have taken me hours if not a few days to do the research I did in a few minutes to respond to your post. Once computers are in our brains there is no telling how much it will impact our intelligence.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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What are some of the negatives you have read about living in a post singularity world?
Explosions in the human population size.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Explosions in the human population size.
That is a interesting theory and I have heard it myself. Honestly I do not think there is anyway to know for sure. The argument is people will be living a very long time so that will mean the population will drastically increase. However when societies get more advanced people tend to have less kids and later in life. So will this trend continue as well and if so would it be enough to mostly offset how long we live? Plus once the technology is there for us to leave the planet how many people will leave and will that be enough to offset the longer life spans?

This is one of the things that is not information technology thus no one can really predict.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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There is no such thing as a singularity.
Whatever would Einstein say?

Singularities and Black Holes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Ah well, different field, different definition. Sorry. Carry on.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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That being said the technological singularity is real and will be here. At this point there is nothing that can stop it short of society destroying it self.[/quote]

Which it will have done by turning humans into computerized robots. I'm glad I won't be here. I like to think for myself.
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