Technological Singularity indicates either a bleak or stagnant future

Does anyone know how to talk to Ray Kurzweil? He doesn’t seem to be on Twitter or facebook and his website doesn’t let me email him.

I’m mostly just curious if he thinks that NOW is real. What’s more likely: that we are living in the last generation of the human world (because it’s the computer’s world once they start thinking for us/on their own) or that we’re a game or simulation of humans living in the last human generation, the most important generation of all human history?

Really, what are the chances that we are ACTUALLY getting to be alive at the moment when everything changes: From no computers in the household to computers being all that matters?

Of course, for this to be a simulation, that would require either:
1) Humans to still be around in the future, even in some augmented form.
2) The computers of the future believing that we, humans, are relevant. Would they recognize relevance of their creators? Would they preserve our existence in some form of memory/simulation?

If 1) or 2) is not satisfied, the future also holds a third possibility:
3) If computers will eventually find it necessary to wipe out humans and look back with no conscience, remorse, or appreciation, then we truly are real right now and not a simulation.

#3 also requires that infinity theory inserted in the probability of whether “NOW” is real or one of infinite simulations (requiring #1 or #2 above to be satisfied) means that “NOW” is either:
1) One of infinite simulations, irrelevant on the whole, but essential to MY [selfish] existence.
2) The only REAL time humans achieve technological singularity because we are wiped out soon after.

So either the world is fake. Or humanity ends with singularity sometime kind of soon.

There’s a 3rd possibility: That singularity and AI cannot be achieved within the lifespan of the current generation–meaning that we’re so irrelevant that we must be real because nobody plays a video game as the inconsequential characters.

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3 thoughts on “Technological Singularity indicates either a bleak or stagnant future

  1. To simplify:

    Technological Singularity requires one of four mutually exclusive possibilities (unless #1 & #2 are the same):

    1*) Current Reality is a simulation by future humans, likely an augmented form that is sentimental to this glorious time period.
    2*) Current Reality is a simulation by computers of the future that believe the humans that created them are relevant and preserve human existence through some form of memory/simulation.
    3) Current Reality is real because humans are wiped out soon after singularity so that sentimental simulations never will happen.
    4) Singularity is a lot further off than predicted and the current generation will die before achieved, indicating technological stagnation.

    *This is dependent upon infinity theory decreasing the likelihood that Current Reality is real instead of one of infinite indistinguishable simulations to the point that it is infinitely unlikely that Current Reality is real.

    So either humans stagnate (preferred), are wiped out (bad), or are currently a simulation/game (I’m not cool with not being real).

  2. If we defy infinite improbability and say that we’re that ONE generation on the brink of Technological Singularity, does that mean that Religious Endgame must occur by 2045? That seems strange. Well, I guess I’ll wait 30 years and see what happens.

  3. A friend recently reminded me not to underestimate the human capacity to underachieve. Perhaps AI is further off than people would like to speculate.

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