QUOTE(Cybert @ Sep 13, 10:57 AM)
QUOTE(Unknown @ May 08, 01:34 AM)
So when is the singularity coming? How long must we wait? What will it depend on? If the singularity is such a big thing, then why aren't more people discussing it?
Kurzweil gives answers in the matter of decades. I agree with him. And it relates to your last question. We need to start discussing this; we need to start researching with the singularity as a goal.
Well lets first start with making sure that we agree what we think the singulatity is.
The '''Consciousness Singularity''' refers to a hypothetical point of time in the future when human consciousness, at both the personal and species level, experiences an abrupt transition, a phase transition of sorts, into a collective state of transcendence that is conceptually impossible for us to imagine "what it's like" with our current limited cognitive abilities.
The term "Singularity", is an analogy to the well-known singularity in physics, the black hole, where you cannot see beyond the event horizon because light cannot escape from it. In a similar manner, we cannot see (or imagine) what's beyond the Consciousness Singularity because it is beyond our cognitive and imaginative capabilities.
So which would be the one you are referring to?