Category Archives: singularity

Is Dark Matter the Future of Life in the Universe?

Is there intelligence in or behind that cloud of dark matter?  Here’s an interesting article one possible reason why we don’t see evidence of other intelligent life in the universe (yet).  It also discusses how life might eventually transcend physical existence and continue to evolve in space in clouds of dark matter.  This is similar to the way I once wrote that a self-aware machine intelligence might rapidly evolve, transcend its physical nature, and leave the planet before we were complete aware of it.  This is interesting, but how might it affect you and me? Continue reading

The Revolt of the Machines Could Happen in As Little as 90 Minutes

Computers are already capable of reprogramming themselves, but do it only under human direction. If they start making improvements in themselves under control of their artificial intelligence programming, and then collaborate with other computers over the internet, computers the world over would be at risk of getting out of our control. That seems far-fetched, but how fast could this really happen? Continue reading

Autonomous Vehicles on the Roads in the Next Decade? Wait Just a Minute!

Automakers, legislators, and others are excited about putting autonomous vehicles (AV’s) on the road as quickly as possible, and they cite many benefits.  They’re pushing hard and investing a lot of money, but there are simple reasons why self-driving cars will not rule the road any time soon, no matter how beneficial they might be.  For starters, some people will prefer to drive themselves or ride with a human driver.  Inevitably some people will feel insecure riding in an AV and will refuse to ride in one, let alone buy one.  While the numbers of those rejecting AV’s for such reasons may be small, they will sustain a demand for self-controlled vehicles to remain on the roads longer, presenting serious problems for AV operators.  But that’s just the beginning – there are other major problems with AV’s that are not often mentioned in the media. Continue reading

Will Our Dependence on the Internet Enable the Population Explosion, and the Crash?

The adoption of digital communications technology keeps accelerating, but brings risk. The crash phase of the global population explosion may not start with food shortages, global pandemic, or world war, but with a widespread shutdown of the internet.  The disruption to our shipping, energy, and food systems would be catastrophic.  But isn’t the internet too resilient from its diversity, complexity, and vast extent to be at risk of a global shutdown?  How might this come about? Continue reading

“The Terminator” is Coming, but How Will It Appear?

What will happen when computers become smarter than humans?   The Terminator movie series starring Arnold Schwarzeneger got a lot of people thinking about what might happen if computers became smarter than humans and decided to get rid of us.  Author Ray Kurzweil and others have worked on the concept for decades, and predicted what they call “the singularity“, short for technological singularity, defined as the point when machines become self-aware and their intelligence surpasses that of humans.  I will use the term “Terminator” as synonymous with a self-aware, intelligent computer.  Many people expect the machines to revolt as in the movie, wiping out most of the human race in short order, but I think this is unrealistic for a number of reasons.  Continue reading

The Terminator is Here Now – And It’s the Corporation

There is increasing talk recently about the emergence of “the terminator”, also known as the “singularity”, which is the point when computers become smarter than humans and develop self-awareness.  Of course, at least until the machines can prevent it, this kind of terminator can be unplugged or disconnected from the internet to stop it from running amok.  There is another kind of terminator already in place, however, using humans as its computing elements and existing in a business-cultural context: the corporation. Continue reading