What Will the Singularity Feel Like?
We are approaching the Singularity. This is the point in history when the scale of progress becomes so massive that it’s incomprehensible. For example, a person living in the 1950s would find a smartphone incomprehensible, and a person living in 1213 would have difficulty understanding city life in 2013. We’re on the brink of the Singularity and we’re curious about what the future holds.
Some futurists fear that a population imbalance will result from low birth rates. These people don’t want killer Skynet machines to start killing people and take their jobs. However, some futurists do worry about a population imbalance. In this scenario, more people will have access to high-speed Internet, and these devices will serve as a vast collective library. Some of these machines may be interfaced into human brains, and these devices could even be used as weapons of war.
When this happens, scientific research will accelerate. This will open up bold new vistas, and humans will be able to understand these breakthroughs. Eventually, machines will reach human-level general intelligence. In the meantime, these advances will allow people to live a life that has never been possible before. This means that the Singularity may be a reality and we should prepare for it.