The Singularity Institute is one of the many organizations that have emerged to promote Technological Singularity. Concerned primarily with friendly Artificial Intelligence and whether such is possible at all, this group takes the analytical abstraction seriously.
My concern with Technological Singularity is the devs or developers of technology have not considered the cultural dimension with any intensity.
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There is an ongoing Chemical Assault - Scorched Earth manifesting in California with Inyo and Mono Counties hit directly of this writing.
A concern is the emergence of intelligence and consciousness from Complexity. Man in the 21st Century has shown capabilities of producing thinking machines that are approaching the skill of humans with possibility of machines overtaking humans,
This skill is called Superintelligence. I believe that such will be basically within the engineering domain.
Consider that the last 100 years has produced two World Wars and several genocides of 500,000 persons.
The last five United States presidents now headed by Barack Obama have condoned serious Systematic Human Rights events here.
The allegation is that Cambridge University of the UK has authored these attacks.
Singularity appears imitative of Marxism in that Superintelligence is projected onto machines into the future date of 2045.
Socialism was never achieved due to the lack of a proletariat class emerging.
Hence the fetish with superiority simply resurrects itself from age to age.
What is a concern is the lack of volition and apperception of the Singularity movement.
The Herd Man has surrounded the Great Man and managed to drag him down.
The Singularity Institute brings rational analysis and rational strategy to the challenges facing humanity as we develop cognitive technologies that will exceed the current upper bounds on human intelligence. Inspired by the latest science of human fallibility, we strive to correct the biases that run wild in standard futurism and philanthropy; we convene the annual Singularity Summit to coordinate and educate scientists and other concerned individuals on these issues; inspire our Visiting Fellows from college students to PhDs to address these issues in their future careers; and support our Research Fellows as they engage in original research on topics ranging from human rationality and cognitive enhancement to foundational research in Artificial Intelligence.