Maybe... Technological Singularity ?
2010/4/30 John Mikes <jami...@gmail.com>
> Dear List,
> for some weeks many write about TS (no explanation, seemingly all you
> physicists on the list know exactly what they are talking about. I don't.)
> So after 'enough is enough' I looked up Wiki. I found some 50 different
> items 'TS' may stand for, in physical sciences only some 20.
> It did not make sense when I substituted in the posts "T.S.Elliott, besides
> in the texts there are no periods in between. Nor Tectonic Slip. Or Teutonic
> Surrogates. Tyrannical Softness? I bet it does not stand on the Trafalgar
> Square. (maybe in texting lingo: *t^2* as in Time Square?).
> Somebody have mercy on me!
> John M
> On 4/30/10, Sami Perttu <sami.per...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi, I've been thinking about the political implications of TS. The
>> conclusions I've so far reached are quite pessimistic, but perhaps
>> they're realistic. I'm trying to come up with a detailed scenario, and
>> here are some starting points. All help is appreciated!
>> I believe control is one of the paramount issues considering the
>> politics of TS, and the unfolding of TS. There are many factors that
>> point to the need for increased control, surveillance and
>> authoritarian forms of rule, and I still believe these will spill over
>> to the digital domain. But I may be missing some important component.
>> -Interpersonal economic polarization is increasing. A threat from
>> below implies less democracy.
>> -TS is the biggest strategic issue of the 21st century. It can be seen
>> as the final race to global supremacy: if there are sufficient
>> computational resources available, then whoever will first achieve
>> brain digitization and emulation technologies will win the race, for
>> example by gaining a massive economic advantage, or by starting a
>> massive weapons research program.
>> -The huge potential for technological advance will fuel instability;
>> the major powers could attempt to resolve this by coming to an
>> agreement to create a global political organ to oversee all of digital
>> humanity. Rogue nations will be brought in line by economic or
>> military means. On the other hand, conflicts will likely remain
>> regional in scope, as
>> globalized capital won't tolerate a global conflagration.
>> -Digital communities can't simply be let loose. Previously most power
>> rested in the hands of an elite of analog humans, and they won't be
>> willing to relinquish their position so easily. The Luddite movement
>> will be exploited politically to this end. This will lead to strong
>> digital surveillance, a digital police force, and possibly STASI style
>> methods of enforcing control in the digital world.
>> -Such controls clearly impede productivity, which is another incentive
>> to establish global control over TS technologies. Otherwise some large
>> nation or power could hedge its bets, dispense with control and make
>> an alliance with a liberal digital community, achieving
>> a competitive advantage.
>> -Corporations will likely continue to increase their power. Strong
>> digital property rights will be established. Digital exploitation and
>> slavery will follow.
>> -Even more control is needed when most of analog humanity becomes
>> economically unviable: they will no longer be able to compete in wages
>> with digital humans. I have no idea how this question will be
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