Being Singular

The Liar Paradox is an argument that arrives at a contradiction by reasoning about a Liar Sentence, which becomes an exhausting exercise to determine truth.  For instance, if I say, “Everything that I say is a lie” and if I am actually telling the truth, then I can’t be lying.  If I am lying when I say this, then I just told the truth, so this becomes an exercise in futility.

In mathematics, a singularity is in general a point at which a given mathematical object is not defined, or a point where the mathematical object ceases to be well-behaved in some particular way, such as the lack of differentiability or analyticity.  According to science, a singularity is a point of infinite density and infinitesimal volume, at which space and time become infinitely distorted according to the theory of General Relativity.  The big bang theory states that a gravitational singularity existed at the beginning of the universe.  The technological singularity is a hypothetical point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization.  This technological singularity is thought to become a signal for the end of the human era, as the new superintelligence AI would continue to upgrade itself and would advance technologically at an incomprehensible rate and take over everything. 

History is full of cases in which a new and groundbreaking technology, or a collection of such technologies, completely changes people’s lives.  The change is often so dramatic that people who’ve lived before the technological leap have a very hard time understanding how the subsequent generations think.  To the people before the change, the new generation may as well be aliens in their way of thinking and seeing the world.   The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today, becoming the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge 158 – Singularity.

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