What is the Singularity?
It’s a future period during wich the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed. Although neither utopian nor dystopian, this epoch will transform the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lives, from our business models to the cycle of human life, including death itself.
Understanding the Singularity will alter our perspective on the significance of our past and the ramifications for our future. To truly understand it inherently changes one’s life.
I can understand why many observers do not readily embrace the obvious implications of what I have called the law of accelerating returns –the inherent acceleration of the rate of evolution as a continuation of biological evolution. After all, it took me forty years to be able to see what was right in front of me, and I still cannot say I am entirely comfortable with all of its consequences.
The key idea underlying the impending Singularity is that the pace of our human-created technology is accelerating and its power are expanding at an exponential pace. Exponential growth is deceptive. It starts out almost imperceptibly and then explodes with unexpected furry.
Words extracted from Raymond Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is near