The Singularity is a hypothetical event which is believed to occur when advancement in technology progresses past human intelligence and at an increasing rate as artificial intelligence continues to improve on its self into infinite possibilities. The argument commonly justifies the size and speed of growth with Moore's Law(a concept in computing that the number of transistors that can be placed on a circuit doubles every year). Leading writer RayKurzweil retrospectively applied Moore's law to rates of many technological advancements throughout time and found the results strangely accurate. Based on this he projected forwards through time, and now predicts the following...
- by mid 2020's we will have reverse-engineered the brain
- by end of 2020's computers will be capable of human level intelligence
- by 2045 The Singularity event, by then the AI created will be about a billion times the sum of all the human intelligence that exists today.
There are many different ideas on what happens next, Maybe we'll merge with them to become super-intelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe it helps us defeat the 'disease' of old age- making us phisicaly immortal. Maybe we'll scan our consciousnesses into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Whatever happens, it seems agreed upon that we as humans are capable of controlling our own fate but at the same time are willing to hand it over to our very own v.2
So why is this so important to Cuppa-T?
One of the goals of the Singularity Institute is to make sure not just that artificial intelligence develops but also that the AI is friendly. You don't have to be a super-intelligent cyborg to understand that introducing a superior life-form into your own biosphere is a basic Darwinian error. Ray Kurzweil
Yes my fellow Comrades, the Singularity Institute shares the same values as the Cuppa-T project was originally founded on. Feels great to be validated by such a qualified group of thinkers :-)