Sunday, September 14, 2008

positive apocolypse

The singularity is the positive apocolypse.
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The singularity fits nicely across the edge of the map. It can be anticipated, signs of progress will always point towards it. When it comes governments will fall, economies will collapse, and social order will be wiped away. In the wake of these will arise a new humanity, with new economies and governements. As a beacon across the edge of the map it keeps my feet pointed in the direction of scientific progress and its contemplation leads to fresh conceptions of how we live and work.
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I hope my daughter lives to see the singularity. She will be especially well suited to new humanity, at least I will strive to make her ready for it.
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I wonder if a truly free state will be possible before the singularity, or will we have to wait until everyone can eat before we decide to be free.
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If eternal life comes to man before the singularity we will have gods again, and we will be oppressed. If eternal life comes to man after the singularity, we will become gods ourselves and we will be free.

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