It's the exponential rate of growth of our technology that is the key to understanding or accepting that this rapidly approaching singularity is a possibility. At least for me. Moore's law describes a trend in computer technology in which the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit has doubled roughly every two years. Anyone who has thought out the classic math question of whether you would rather be given $1 million right now or 1 penny doubled each day for a full month* knows where that is heading.
*Always go for the penny doubled each day for a month. After 28 days you would net $2,684,354.55. After 30 days it would be $10,737,418.23. And if it were one of the longer 31 day months you would wind up with $21,474,836.47!!!
It's both exciting and frightening stuff. Especially the unknown factor of where it's going to all wind up. Because that's the nature of this idea. The result of this so-called singularity will be so far from we are now able to technically understand that it would be like explaining an iPad to someone born 1000 years ago. Except maybe even they would be pissed that it didn't multi-task or do whatever else the geek-world wants it to do.
So I had no idea where I was going with this topic or why I wanted to write about it, other than thinking it was a nerdy cool idea, when I spied the following article on io9 yesterday from Annalee Newitz. She basically says everything I wanted to say and more, although I'm really not sold on the term post-Humanity like they are over on that site. Whatevs. But there are some cool links to nerdy sci-fi stuff in there, so feel free to poke around. No...not in THERE! Sheesh!
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