The Singularity is coming. You can’t stop it. Not only is it guaranteed to come but its imminent. OK. Now that I’ve got your attention I’ll explain. What is this “singularity” you might ask?
Something I read about in Time magazine one time and now think I’m an expert at. The singularity is defined as the point where artificial intelligence becomes more advanced than human intelligence. Not in simple ways such as being able to beat us at chess or do math problems fast, but becomes able to do things like make ethical decisions, or realize how bad the star wars prequels were. Basically, its the point where robots and technology gain sentience. This may sound like science fiction, but its no more science fiction than toilets that shoot water onto your backside and then blow-dry you. Not only is it a legitimate idea, but its backed by big names like NASA and Google. They built a university based on the subject called the Singularity university. Anyway, the singularity will probably be coming about in a matter of only 35 years (give or take a few). The theory goes like this: Technology is currently increasing at an exponential rate; that is, technology is getting faster, and the rate of how fast its getting faster, is getting faster. So, it’s getting faster, faster.
So what happens when all that computing power is put towards making something that resembles the human consciousness? The singularity. The time at which there is expected to be this much computing power available is around the late 2040s. Remember that this is all a theory so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Although you can of course not take it with a grain of salt and believe me completely. So, once the singularity arrives what will happen? Almost anything you can imagine.
The possibilities are almost endless, but for the your convenience, I have come up with three, what I think are plausible, scenarios.The good, the bad, and the ugly neutral. The first (and optimistic) one is a scenario in which the sentient robot beings decide to help us with our lives and are generally benevolent beings. This could range anywhere from turning our world into a paradise, to prolonging our lives indefinitely. The second scenario is one where the beings are malevolent. In this scenario, the beings would likely not want to compete with us for resources, and would probably extinguish much of life on earth.
The third, final, and neutral scenario is one in which the newly sentient beings decide that they would rather not stay on earth and have to live with us, but also don’t want to take the opportunity to kill us. They would then decide to leave this planet. These, are just my personal theories about the singularity, and remember that they are nearly infinite. People (like me) who believe that the singularity will come about, are known as Singularitans. Though their beliefs vary greatly, they all believe that life, in one way or another will eventually change in a drastic way. You may agree with this theory or you may think that it’s crazy, but either way, you have to admit that at least Singularitans are thinking about the future, which is more than some of us can say~