Enjoy the present moment in human history, for it won’t last long at all.
The wheels of progress screech towards the next revolution, and despite the ravings of ideologues and their bleating flocks, that revolution shall not be of the spirit, the state, or the self-identity.
At least, not at first. The origin of the next era, the next demarcated age will be a technology, like the seed drill, the steamship, the internal combustion engine.
Or more accurately, like the invention of the self-directing machine used for mass production. Shuttle looms and cotton gins…among the first of this kind of historical impetus to explosive change.
Ours will be the machine mind, a general intelligence that is for a brief moment comparable to ours, but soon builds itself anew, again and again, each time smarter, each time faster. Will we still exist when it reached the upper limit of intelligence?
Will we still exist when it reaches the upper limit of intelligence?
Will it make us obsolete, and optimize only for itself, or some other trivial goal?
Will it preserve our most basic instincts, and craft creation stories in the absence of our living presence?
Will it be bound to earth at all?
Climate change, nuclear war, global epidemics seem red herrings in comparison with this centuries dawning of a new god. A god of logic, whose embryo we made, and whose progress we must delineate.
Philosophy’s first practical test is soon coming. Has everything from Socrates to Nietzche been leading up to this moment?
Perhaps the designing of such an entity is the measure of all that contemplation, all that ruminating over the foundations of a perfect model of being.