What Will the Singularity Feel Like?
The Singularity is a point in time where technology is capable of transforming the way we live and work. The amount of information technology has increased exponentially over the past several decades, and the number of people with access to the internet has more than tripled. But what will the Singularity feel like? And how will we know when we’ve reached it? Let’s take a look at a few predictions.
The Singularity is often characterized as a sudden switch or change in technology. While there’s no set beginning or inflection point, it’s believed to occur at a certain point, and that change will completely alter our lives. In a recent book, author Catherynne Valente argued that the Singularity term should be expanded to describe personal singularities, which are instances where an individual’s previous self is no longer recognizable.
The concept of the Singularity was first popularized by Alan Turning, a computer scientist at Intel. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors in a chip doubles every two years, fostering the idea of exponential change. While technology advances slowly at first, it becomes exponentially more powerful with every passing generation. Unfortunately, Moore’s Law has reached its limits, and we’re headed into the singularity without a quick road to thinking machines.
Some proponents believe that the Singularity will happen during the 21st century, though the exact timing is still up for debate. Developments in computing and artificial intelligence will probably trigger the acceleration. Then the birth of advanced AI and biotechnological enhancement will lead to the development of self-upgrading machines. Ultimately, a person’s ability to learn and direct growth will become irrelevant.