“The world isn’t getting worse – our information’s getting better”
~ Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near
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𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐫𝐚: “People think the world’s getting worse, and we see that on the left and the right, and we see that in other countries. People think the world is getting worse. … That’s the perception. What’s actually happening is our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you’d never even hear about it. Now there’s an incident halfway around the globe and we not only hear about it, we experience it.”
𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐬: “It’s not just collecting what is basically the object code of life that is expanding exponentially. Our ability to understand it, to reverse-engineer it, to simulate it, and most importantly to reprogram this outdated software is also expanding exponentially. Genes are software programs. It’s not a metaphor. They are sequences of data. But they evolved many years ago, many tens of thousands of years ago, when conditions were different.”
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲’𝐬 𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬: We’re only crowded because we’ve crowded ourselves into cities. Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine per cent of the land is not used. Now, we don’t want to use it because you don’t want to be out in the boondocks if you don’t have people to work and play with. That’s already changing now that we have some level of virtual communication. We can have workgroups that are spread out. … But ultimately, we’ll have full-immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system, augmented reality.
𝐎𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐝: “We don’t yet have brain extenders directly from our brain. We do have brain extenders indirectly. I mean this (holds up his smartphone) is a brain extender. … Ultimately we’ll put them directly in our brains. But not just to do search and language translation and other types of things we do now with mobile apps, but to actually extend the very scope of our brain.”
𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬: “We’re going to merge with them, we’re going to make ourselves smarter. We’re already doing that. These mobile devices make us smarter. We’re routinely doing things we couldn’t possibly do without these brain extenders.”
𝐑𝐚𝐲 𝐊𝐮𝐫𝐳𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐥: A𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫, 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭, 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 (𝐎𝐂𝐑), 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭-𝐭𝐨-𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐲𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐬, 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐞𝐜𝐡 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐤𝐞𝐲𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬. 𝐇𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 (𝐀𝐈), 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐦. 𝐊𝐮𝐫𝐳𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐥 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲, 𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲.