Technology and human evolution are developing exponentially, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. Unfortunately, so is the possibility of setting back human evolution hundreds if not millions of years. Which will prevail? It's a nail biter!
"Reality doesn’t exist until it’s measured, at least for very small things, new research has confirmed. By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn’t actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology."
"The simulation singularity is near. The technological singularity is a hypothetical moment in the future when artificial intelligence becomes indistinguishable from human intelligence—and capable of creating smarter iterations of itself. Apply the same general idea to simulations and you get the "simulation singularity": when a simulated world is indistinguishable from reality."
Experiments demonstrated that the atomic switch network exhibits emergent behavior, in which interactions between the individual atomic switches lead to patterns of electrical activity that cannot be attributed to any individual switch, but only to the network as a whole. The atomic switch network also has an intrinsic capacity for adaptation, since the silver nanowire connections are constantly reconfiguring themselves and the switches are constantly forming and dissolving in different locations in the network.
Acid, DMT, psilocybin, mescaline, ayahuasca, whatever--it's almost no matter. When you dose your head, why do your eyes pick up certain visual stimuli while blotting out others? Why do some otherwise everyday objects appear stranger or more fragile to you than others? Why do you swear on your life that you see stuff--things, people, the forces of nature--that simply would not be if you weren't nearing peak trip?
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
The fact that it all appears to distill down to math equations is a thought provoking notion.
"What happens after the Singularity? Why in our universe of billions of stars and planetary systems have we not found indications of technologically advanced, post-singular civilizations? The Transcension Hypothesis by Singularity University advisor, John Smart offers an account of what comes after the technological singularity, also accounting for Fermi's Paradox.
Basically after our technological adolescent and expansionist explorations, we turn from outer space to inner space... our journey undergoes S.T.E.M. compression, the compression of Space, Time, Energy and Matter- until non biological minds live inside virtual worlds at the nano and femto scale, further compressing complexity until we create black hole-like conditions and disappear from the visible universe altogether."
Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds -- within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make." A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we're building right now, driven by thinking machines. Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values -- or will
"Watching a movie is a technologically-mediated lucid dream. It's like smoking cannabis." - Jason Silva
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
We are nearing a time when we can create any kind of reality we want...and immerse ourselves in it. All forms of media have been an approach to that. Media theorist Marshall McLuhan was right: "The medium IS the message."
"an entirely new generation of cameras that can function for a very long duration—ideally, forever—without being externally powered.
"The camera uses photodiodes for each pixel, creating electric current when exposed to ambient light. Each time the camera takes a picture, the pixels switch between two modes: recording and reading an image, then harvesting energy and charging a power supply."
As the disruptive capacities of technological innovations continue to advance at an exponential rate, it is increasingly clear that the capitalist economic model is unable to effectively manage resources and distribute wealth under the conditions of sustainable abundance now being brought forth. Vast increases in productivity and efficiency will be realized in the years ahead through an integrated network of smart-products (termed theInternet of Things, or IoT), accessible renewable energy harvesting technologies, energy sharing across a distributed smart-grid, the decentralization of manufacturing through 3D printing, open online education, the decentralization of finance, legal contracts and governance through Blockchain applications, and the progressive automation of the workforce.
"A Mindfile is a web-based storage space for organizing and preserving critical information (digital reflections) about one’s unique and essential characteristics for the future, and to share with friends and relatives in the present...The long-term goal is to test whether given a comprehensive database, saturated with the most relevant aspects of an individual’s personality, future intelligent software will be able to replicate an individual’s consciousness."
"Three-dimensional, interactive holograms are now a reality, thanks to researchers in Japan who have used powerful, ultra-quick lasers to produce holograms that can be physically felt and respond to human touch."
"Researchers at Berkeley have created a robot whose behaviors are similar to a human child's. Through a process known as "deep structured learning," BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) can adapt to its environment independently, but let's hope temper tantrums don't make their way into its programming."
Quantum mechanics is now being used to construct a new generation of computers that can solve the most complex scientific problems—and unlock every digital vault in the world. These will perform in seconds computations that would have taken conventional computers millions of years. They will enable better weather forecasting, financial analysis, logistical planning, search for Earth-like planets, and drug discovery. And they will compromise every bank record, private communication, and password on every computer in the world — because modern cryptography is based on encoding data in large combinations of numbers, and quantum computers can guess these numbers almost instantaneously.
"In the video, INHUMAN KIND, Motherboard gains exclusive access to a small fleet of US Army bomb disposal robots—the same platforms the military has weaponized—and to a pair of DARPA’s six-foot-tall bipedal humanoid robots. We also meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, renowned physicist Max Tegmark, and others who grapple with the specter of artificial intelligence, killer robots, and a technological precedent forged in the atomic age. It’s a story about the evolving relationship between humans and robots, and what AI in machines bodes for the future of war and the human race."
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
"There are basically two things which grow in parallel as society evolves: there is the power of our technology and there is the wisdom of us humans for how to manage the technology"
Quantum computing could make complex calculations trivial — but it’s currently fraught with problems. Now, though, IBM has solved one of the biggest, allowing it to detect the internal errors that could otherwise render quantum calculation useless.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
From everything I've seen, should quantum computing become viable and mainstream, it will make current computing look like like what a slide rule is to a modern laptop.
How do you typically let other people into your minds? You smile. You laugh. You use language to communicate thoughts and feelings. Jason Silva explains why that's all going to change once virtual reality reaches its full potential.
"Virtually Human explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives." by Martine Rothblatt Ph.D., MBA, J.D.
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