Due Date: Friday, January 31.
Earlier in the week, this question reminded me of inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. I’d heard about his view on ‘singularity’ after watching the movie Her – basically, since our existence is made up of energy, why can’t we upload our consciousness to the Internet? We would no longer be bound by biological rules. We would be immortal because the energy creating information on the Internet is infinite. We already experience this via a fraction of its immensity through AI applications and virtual reality systems. We all like Siri, right?
What is truly fascinating and equally terrifying is Google. Let me put it this way: Kurzweil is the director of engineering at Google. Within 90 years, Google experts believe we will obtain ‘digital immortality’ by uploading and storing our brains and intelligence. We will choose our bodies and our environment. It’s a complicated subject to explain without plagiarizing everything I’ve researched, but you get the basic idea. And, what’s more concerning is that Google recently purchased buildings that are seemingly unused.
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Anyway, when we talk about creativity and technology being the same thing, I think: of course it can. I’m not sure how technology can gain real consciousness since we’re still uncertain what consciousness really is, but that doesn’t mean emotion, inventiveness, and meaning are lost.
Thinkies & Thoughties is inspired by The Book of Questions by Doctor Gregory Stock. Grab a cup of coffee — or something a little stronger — and sit down, open up, and share yourself every Friday.
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