Technological singularity is an event in the future time that will dramatically transform the human race. The technological singularity is also referred to as Singularity. It will provide the means of doing things that can only be imagined today. These objectives are considered achievable by many present visionaries.
The era of Singularity will be ushered on the bases of three disciplines also referred to as GNR, Genetics, Nano Technology and Robotics or Artificial intelligence (AI).
Genetics is a branch of Biomedicines that study DNA of organisms. DNA is an almost an indestructible molecule which is found in living organisms. In my view molecule carries the destiny of a human being.
The Nano Technology allows us to design extreme minute and small machines or robots that would be able to replicate themselves. It will provide us the means to move and manipulate matter at the atomic or molecular level. This technology is at its infancy, but it has a very promising future.
The third rising technology is Robotics. Robotics or Artificial Intelligence. Intelligence is the power of learning. On the same lines, the machines ability to learn is called Artificial Intelligence.
Many scientists describe that the human thinking would be replicated by digital machines in the future. This would be possible with the aid of digital devices and components.
The singularity is inevitable; the technology is expanding at an ever increasing rate. The progress of technology is moving at an exponential rate, as described by many analysts. In an era of singularity, the machines will be able to heal themselves as humans and other organisms do in many cases. At the same time, equipment and other objects will be able to transform their shapes and functionality. A brick or log of wood could me turn into a piece of edible meat or vegetables.
Singularity is also defined as a point in time and history when the machines will surpass the mental and physical ability of homo-sapiens. This will force humans to become trans-humans in order to compete and pace up with achievements in life as "Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. (Walter) "
Vernor Vinge, a former professor of mathematics at the San Diego State University. Vinge proposes that mankind is heading toward an irrevocable destiny in which we will evolve beyond our understanding through the use of technology. He calls it the singularity (Strickland).
One of the greatest visionaries of singularity, Ray Kurzweil claim that in the year 2029 the machine will out smart human beings (Khomami).
If we look at today’s robots scientists know that machines are answerable to humans. They do not have the ability to make decisions outside of their set of instructions. They do not have any intuitive capability.
There is another very important factor that is ignored or overlooked in such claims. This is something that human beings possess; this is something that all the major religion have taught human beings over the time of human history. Human beings have a spirit or the soul that is believed to have been given to humans by God. Spiritualism is an elusive and a highly controversial subject. The majority of the scientific community does not believe in this simply because there is no concrete evidence.
When it comes to machines with minds, the scientists predict two types of distinct communities that will be more prominent in the future. One type community is called utopian, and the other are known as dystopian.
The utopians will be well organized with everything properly administered and controlled. Many debaters believe that a complete utopian society is unachievable. Utopia and is an impossible ideal (The Utopian Vision of the Future). This rosy image of the future is also dubbed as day dreaming.
On the contrary, the other types of people are called dystopian who will be cyber pirates and hackers. Dystopian image of humanity portrays that people will abuse technology. The technology will be used for destructive purposes to achieve benefits.
The machines of the future will be connected with each other via the Internet to efficiently perform their tasks. There always will be threats that a savvy hacker might break into the system and inject malicious code to these machines to turn against humans.
This would spread chaos and chaos means destruction for the whole society. The technological progress itself will be responsible for a dystopian future. It has been noticed that the income gap is increasing between the wealthy and working class. The working class people who do monotonous work are among the hard hitters. The monotonous work can be easily replaced by intelligent machines and these people will get more and more neglected as the technology will evolve. This will make them turn against other, the upper class people. The underworld organizations will emerge; thus the dystopia will flourish. They will start to bend towards the people who have illegal use of technology (Dystopia).
I believe that there will be no community that will be able to become dystopian and survive on its own in the future. There will be new legislation and law enforcement that will control dystopia. The futuristic societies will have both utopian and dystopian cultures. Most probably there will be a conflict in these groups and only those nations will progress that would have a powerful utopia. Those nations or societies will degenerate or remain in turmoil that will have a dominant dystopia.
In short, this is completely eminent that it will be unachievable to reach complete utopia or absolute dystopia. There will always be conflict in between these two futuristic spheres.
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