Fandango’s Provocative Question #47

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

There are those who believe that technological advancement a net positive, while others look at it as more of a net negative. Yet most people agree that technological progress is inevitable as long as humans exist and that it can’t be stopped, nor should it be.

There is a controversial concept wrapped around technological advancements called “technological singularity.”FDA6DCE0-1BC0-4605-856A-036827FDF863It’s a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.

So my provocative question for you this week is this:

Do you think the singularity will occur? If so, what time frame do you think it will happen in and how will it impact humanity? Alternatively, do you think or care at all about the potential for reaching singularity?

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15 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #47

  1. rugby843 November 6, 2019 / 10:03 am

    So many ancient predictions have come true, possibly this will too? Complete AI? I doubt it. Haven’t you seen “Terminator”? 😅. Just kidding, F.

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  2. Marleen November 6, 2019 / 11:31 am

    I’ve previously thought of “singularity” as being the silly idea [? have a clue ? where I’m going ?] that machines will become sentient… usually forwarded as the shape of a sexy lady like in The Fifth Element or Bladerunner… but maybe inside a box or on a board. I don’t believe that… even though robots, even very impressive ones and even some that look like humans, are likely possible and are being pursued. Sentience is something else.

    But machines will become more powerful. And the people behind them. In that sense of singularity, I think we’re already there… just getting worse at the same time we’re getting “better” (offering more/having more offered to us). Nobody’s going to get this under control. Enough people are sufficiently eager to hand over more and more to “smart” gadgets or “the internet of things” — often without “looking back” or thinking of failsafe options.

    One aspect of the trend I’m concerned about right now is the use of technological devices by preschoolers. The people who develop this stuff don’t want their own kids on it. They know that despite the word logic and actual application of logic being built in, into the verbal signifier for the solid products and into the way the doodads work, young minds need other types of input and interaction. Not only that, they’re better off “tech”-free.

    That’s just one warning we’re hearing — while many actually haven’t heard and think something that costs money and makes some people rich must be good for their kids. The reason I think we won’t get this under control is that we’ve spent decades being anti-regulation, anti-government, anti-rules; at the same time we’ve become more and more authoritarian. We’ve hollowed out a lot of what we had learned is our government’s purpose.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong November 6, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    I think we met the singularity, called it a steam engine or electricity or something like that and we climbed aboard, hooting and hollering about how cool all this “stuff” is. Machines HAVE taken over. You can’t survive on earth with a computer and eventually, we we become computers. That’s assuming we live on a planet on which humans can survive — and I tend to doubt that.

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  4. Marleen November 7, 2019 / 9:09 am

    I enjoyed reading that, Marilyn. I want to quote this part:
    “While we are making enormous progress on one level, we are destroying what needs to be saved at the same time. It won’t do us any good to create a green world when we have already destroyed the greenery.”

    [emphasis added]

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  5. Bill November 8, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Not in my lifetime. After that, eventually all human beings will die off and there will be a war between the technology left behind and the alternate universe. Then the Sun will implode into a black hole and none of it will matter.

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