Exponential. If you could sum up the complex concept of The Singularity into a single word it would be that word, Exponential. My introduction to The Singularity theory came from a TED video I watched some years ago that my father recommended featuring an eccentric genius by the name of Raymond Kurzweil. Ray talked a lot about the exponential growth of technology and how Moore’s law allowed his company to time their innovative products launches well into the future. He talked about a time in the not so distant future when we as a people will merge with the non-biological intelligence we have created and from that moment forward all bets are off. It will be a time when technological progress will advance at an alarming rate leaving anyone who has not merged with the machine behind in a trail of dust. This concept really got my whacked out brain thinking of the infinite possibilities that we may see in our lifetime.
I had questions for my new buddy Ray:
If and when The Singularity happens how would we ever know we’ve entered it?
What are the challenges humanity will face as we approach this radical transformation?
Is The Singularity inevitable and if so how can the average person prepare for it?
At what point in our “merge with the machines” do we lose what we think of today as our individuality?
What role will “Snooki” play in our robotopian future?
I plan on interviewing Ray for my web series In The Mix in the not so distant future so please send me any questions you would like to pose to him and I’ll incorporate as many as I can into my interview. I’m also happy to start a discussion in the comments below about the theory of The Singularity and what it will mean for us and where we are headed.