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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Human Changing - Singularity Interview

WorldChanging.com has an amazing interview with a bunch of people concerned with the idea of Human Singularity, the idea that mankind will, and soon, transcend beyond the nature of humanity and become something more. This change would be brought about by a number of ways, bio engineering, cybernetic augmentation, medically or through computers. Not only that, but most of them agree that it will happen soon, within the next 15 years or so.

Although I found the whole article fascinating, it's incredibly long and I only managed to go through about 3/4 of it before my brain gave up. But still, it's an interesting and important read.

For me another example of the political singularity that I see coming down the road is that although we've always had people who wanted to transcend the self - from a Buddhist point of view, recognizing that the self didn't really exist in the first place - one of the things I see coming about, probably in this century, is that nano-neural networks melded with cybernetics will make it extremely clear to people that the self is an illusion. We will begin to backup and copy and rewrite and be creative with our own selfhood in ways that will eventually lead to its dissolution and the reconfiguration of liberal democracy which is based on the notion of individual autonomous selves.

Link (via BoingBoing)