Wednesday, May 7, 2014
…singularity event and/or “singularity events”…!
Life:Connected | 10 January 2014
The truth about technology’s greatest myth
Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues in his final column for BBC Future, the truth about our relationship with technology is far more interesting.
Yet the story that unfolded was not so much “a new organization of society” as the pouring of existing human behaviour into fresh moulds: our goodness, hope and charity; our greed, pride and lust. New technology didn’t bring an overnight revolution. Instead, there was strenuous effort to fit novelty into existing norms.
The most ferocious early debates around the telephone, for example, concerned not social revolution, but decency and deception. What did access to unseen interlocutors imply for the sanctity of the home – or for gullible or corruptible members of the household, such as women or servants? Was it disgraceful to chat while improperly dressed? Such were the daily concerns of 19th-century telephonics, matched by phone companies’ attempts to assure subscribers of their propriety.
It’s a story in which both machines and their capabilities increase for ever, dragging us along for the exponential ride. Perhaps the defining geek myth of our age, The Singularity, anticipates a future in which machines cross an event horizon beyond which their intellects exceed our own. And while most people remain untouched by such faith, the apocalyptic eagerness it embodies is all too familiar. Surely it’s only a matter of time – the theory goes – before we finally escape, augment or otherwise overcome our natures and emerge into some new phase of the human story.
…in pure logic, I do believe in “machines” trying to conquer their creators, if Artificial intelligence develops so far…!
To limit World and humans positive developments, because of Polititical-Religious-False Economical biases, is in PURE LOGIC a bigger “SINGULARITY” event of humans on themselves…! Their greed, trickery, control by money, extreme capitalism competition, is a impending “SINGULARITY EVENT” beyond that of robots over humans…!