What Will the Singularity Feel Like?
While the term “singularity” has come to mean a switch that changes everything, it is generally used to describe a transition that has already occurred. The transition itself may be gradual and without a defined beginning or inflection point. Regardless, it will undoubtedly change the way we live. As we’ve seen in many science fiction films, the term “singularity” is often used in reference to black holes. At some point, our understanding of the implications of such a transition breaks down.
In the year 2065, people will resist total dependence on AIs. The goal will be to dial down AIs’ roles for different functions. For example, a person may set his or her Soulband AI to be 55 percent romantic, 75 percent finance, 100 percent health, and have an AI-guardian-angel to watch over their best friend. As a result, a judo-athlete could become a mountaineer at a young age. Post-singularity, humans may want to live longer than ever.
Many scientists predict that the technological evolution of our species will result in a huge explosion of intelligence and the development of superintelligence. This change will likely impact our entire civilization. Humans will be replaced by machines with artificially intelligent abilities that surpass our capabilities. The fear of this change has driven many scientists and engineers to explore the possibility of a technological “singularity” as early as the 20th century. Various scientists have echoed and adapted von Neumann’s vision.