What Will the Singularity Feel Like?
The Singularity is the point in the future where science and technology progress at such a rate that the human mind cannot keep up. The result will be a world that has little resemblance to the one we live in today. It will be populated by people fused with machines and computers, robots as smart as superhumans, and nanofactories that manipulate molecules and materials. The impact on our world will be profound, reducing the need for human labour and significantly reducing the scarcity of materials.
If Kurzweil’s vision comes true, it could lead to a future where human life spans have been extended to infinity. Kurzweil has long predicted that this event will occur around 2045. The advent of quantum computing, which uses large amounts of energy, may make the Singularity a lot closer. Meanwhile, a program called AlphaGO, which uses neural networks and learning modes to play the game Go, has recently defeated Lee Sedol. We may soon have a machine champion of the game StarCraft II.
Singularity stories usually portray superintelligence upgrading and expanding. This will ultimately eliminate human development because machines will be more advanced than humans. The problem with this scenario is that superintelligence will surpass human abilities. But, in the short term, humans will remain at a disadvantage. The technological leap will eventually result in the emergence of superintelligence. Scientists and philosophers alike have predicted that superintelligent systems will soon outsmart human intelligence. Some have even proposed the idea of adding these capabilities to humans. In these scenarios, they have discussed the use of brain implants, genetic engineering, and brain-computer interfaces.