What Will the Singularity Feel Like?

What will the Singularity Feel Like

A science fiction writer and computer scientist, Vernor Vinge, posited that accelerated technological change would create superintelligent machines by the year 2030. Since then, several prominent technologists, including Elon Musk and Bill Gates, have warned against this runaway technological progress. But what will the Singularity feel like? How will it affect the human race? Read on to find out.

According to Kurzweil, the Singularity will occur in 2045, when the rate of scientific progress reaches a speed so rapid that the human mind is unable to keep up. The results will be a world that bears little resemblance to ours today. People will be merged with computers, ageing will cease, robots will be superhumanly intelligent, and nanofactories will manipulate molecules. These developments will drastically reduce material scarcity and eliminate the practical need for human labour.

Ray Kurzweil predicted that the Singularity would occur in the year 2045, but Gale and co-authors believe that it may occur sooner than that. Recent advances in quantum computing have made it even more likely to happen sooner. For example, an artificially intelligent program called AlphaGO, which uses neural networks and learning modes, recently defeated Lee Sedol, the Go world champion. If this happens, StarCraft II will probably be the next game to have a machine champion.

Humans will become fully dependent on AI, but they will have the option of dialing down the AI’s role in various functions. For example, we can set a Soulband AI to be 75 percent finance, 55 percent romance, and 100 percent health, or even a guardian-angel AI to watch over us. For example, a judo athlete may become a poet, and a mountaineer may become a cyborg.