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  1. #1 Technological singularity / omega point 
    Forum Junior Steiner101's Avatar
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    Hi, this is my first post.
    I saw this article today titled 'machines to match man by 2029'
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7248875.stm

    This reminds me of how everyone in the 50's and 60's thought we would be holidaying in interstellar space with computer pals called HAL etc.
    But it got me thinking though, this guy clearly beleives that the singularity is not far away, and there is no doubt that technology is merging into our culture to the degree where were starting to see biological/electronic merging. Also the internet is expanding and evolving into an ever more complex entity with its own emergent behaviours. Perhaps we are on the verge of entering the next stage of biological-technological evolution. I was interested to hear your views on this? If and when this will happen? Do you feel existence in this context is not comprehesible to us in our present state?


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    I think the merging of biology and mechanical is definitely going to happen. We will have nanobots monitor our health, boost intelligence, we will be able to download information, keep emotions in check, boost all our sensors, repair damaged limbs on a daily basis and be "hooked" in to the internet 24 hrs a day. I believe nano technology will advance humans to an almost cyborg state. The scary thing is, will we lose our humanity in the process?


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    I beleive biology and technology combining is inevitable, its allready happening on a small sacel with nerve and brain wave controlled limbs, and computer interfaces are becoming more integrated as well. We have internet on our person almost continually in the form of mobiles (although external) and our online presence is as acceptable and as valid as social lives. Although i dont think the emphasis would always remain on our physical biology. If technology reaches the stage where our brains can be copied and simulated virtually then it is feasable that we could artificially evolve to leave our biological constraints behind and exist metaphysically through technology. Question is, would there be a continuation of conciousness? Also, a simulated entity would just be as real as a biological one in terms of behaviour and learning/experience. Virtual AI's allready have the learning capabilitys of simple animals. AI's currently are best to 'live' in a simulated world (such as a game engine) as they can understand there 'senses' but if improvements are made in getting programs to understand visual inputs form cameras etc then the AI's can be quite easily cross over to learning from reality as its playground. There is a lot to think about here. :?
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    Its also suggested that the only way the human race can continue forward indefinately is to evolve to a state in which we exist through information rather than biologically. Leaving the 'defunct' biological evolution behind and starting an accelerated technological one. Sort of like the black artefacts in '2001 space oddysey'. At least i think thats what they represented.
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