Technological Singularity – Vox Populi
“Cometh the ones made of steel,
who can outdo the human mind,
not much will they feel,
not much left for us to find”
— from the writings of John Von Münchhausen, an early ancestor of the famed Baron Münchhausen. John Von Münchhausen lived at the foothills of the Alps for most his life and historical evidence suggests that he attended the University of Avignon along with Michel de Nostredame or Nostradamus. This quatrain is dated around 1530.
“All history is relevant, but the history of technology is the most relevant.”
— Kranzberg’s fifth law, in his article ‘Technology and History: Kranzberg’s Laws’ in Technology and Culture (1986).
“If we do not break those looms then sooner or later we will have a machine to shave people and I and my family will die of starvation”
— John ‘Bluff’ Smith, Ned Ludd’s barber who was known as ‘Bluff’ among his friends for the game of cards he had mastered.
“What’s not fully realized is that Moore’s Law was not the first paradigm to bring exponential growth to computers. We had electromechanical calculators, relay-based computers, vacuum tubes, and transistors. Every time one paradigm ran out of steam, another took over.”
— Ray Kurzweil, in his book, “The Singularity,” The New Humanists: Science at the Edge (2003)
“We will all become robots on April 1st, 2050”
— Engraving found on a tablet in Baltistan, Kashmir which is dated by the locals to be around 300 – 350 BC. This tablet led to speculations whether Alexander’s invading army knew about the distant future and therefore was influenced by a higher intelligence.
“But if the technological Singularity can happen, it will.”
— Vernor Vinge
“ … if the machines spare us in this time-line, then they are sure to get us in another time-line.”
— Little Timmy, after watching Terminator Genisys
“Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion,’ and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make, provided that the machine is docile enough to tell us how to keep it under control.”
— I.J. Good in his article, ‘Speculations Concerning the First Ultraintelligent Machine’ (1965).
“So, what happens next? do I get a bowl of electronic chips for my breakfast?”
— Jim Dow, at a Wall Street protest in 2011
“Life begets intelligence, intelligence begets smart matter and a singularity.”
— Charles Stross, in his science fiction novel Accelerando
“The evens make a symphony, the odds are banished.”