Video Friday — Technological Singularities: An Overview

H+ readers will enjoy this video from Gennady Stolyarov.

Gennady discusses three technological singularities that have already happened and discusses their effects and impacts on human existence. Mr. Stolyarov starts by explaining the  concept of a technological Singularity and his understanding that humankind has already experienced three such Singularities in the form of the Agricultural, Industrial, and Information Revolutions. The next Singularity will come about due to a convergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and biotechnology (including indefinite life extension).

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Comment here and on Gennady’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Dj3HRwFD0

5 Responses

  1. Klaus, the original concept of the technological singularity by John von Neumann was broader than just a projection for AI. The Wikipedia page “Technological singularity” provides the following: “In 1958, regarding a summary of a conversation with von Neumann, Stanislaw Ulam described ‘ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.’” This is a richer definition and incorporates the convergence of multiple areas of technology. It considers, for instance, the future interaction of improved AI with biotechnology and nanotechnology.

  2. Klaus says:

    interesting video, but isnt it so that “singularity” is a rather narrow term for the moment AI improves themselves and technology so fast that it is not possible anymore for human mind to control or even grasp it? (and so possibly replacing human as the dominant species in the current form?)

    • Roland Schiefer says:

      The term “Singularity” is catchy and therefore likely to become widely used as a descriptor for the transformation of our societies by AI, nanotechnology, biotechnology, etc. Concepts associated with the Singularity will then have considerable influence on all forms of long-term planning and political groups will have no choice but to provide their own definition of Singularity to guide policy-making in a direction that makes sense to them. It will therefore no longer be relevant who used the term first and in which context. I am grateful to Gennady for defining Singularity in a way that makes sense to me and that provides a promising starting point for rational planning of our future.

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