[Open Tech Club] The Singularity Draws Nigh? (Monday 6pm)

Open Tech Club presents:

THE SINGULARITY

Monday 6PM

BBB B101

  Alright, I thought about taking this week off, but then I got to

wondering about whether all of our efforts to create open,
collaborative technology were hastening the ignominious
destruction of mankind, or whether we are bringing about a
glorious revolution in consciousness that will be remembered
throughout the millennia.

  Soon, I found a keyword I could paste into Google in order to

read other people’s equally confused and verbose writings on the
topic: The
Singularity
! (Here’s a gentle
intro
.)

  As far as I can tell, The Singularity is basically a theory that

nerds cooked up in the early 90’s to add drama to their tedious
software engineering jobs. Everyone was still kinda high on the
fact that they had gotten the internet to work
at all
, Andreessen
Horowitz
didn’t exist yet, and sending cat
gifs
was difficult at best, so there wasn’t really much to
do on the early internet but come up with a mythical canon (with
unintentional echoes of Christian
eschatology
?) for this new, digital world.

  To be honest, I know very few hard facts about The

Singularity™, aside from the facts that it’s

  1. good,

  2. bad,

  3. inevitable ,
    and

  4. not
    possible for a variety of reasons
    .

    Is it gonna happen in 2030, like predicted? Is it gonna happen
    ever? What’s it gonna look like? Let’s all figure it out on
    Monday, so we can finally figure it all out, and have it all.
    figured. out.

Dylan

Hey, everyone.

Seriously.

People have been ranting about The
Singularity
since at least 1993.

It’s already September 23rd, 2019, folks. Seriously.

The Singularity’s supposed to happen in basically a decade.

Can we all PLEASE just sit down tonight in BBB B101****at 6PM and get this whole thing sorted out already, so it
doesn’t catch us by surprise later?

···

Thank you all for your cooperation,

Dylan

On 9/20/19 3:30 PM, Dylan Bannon wrote:

Open Tech Club presents:

THE SINGULARITY

Monday 6PM

BBB B101

    Alright, I thought about taking this week off, but then I got

to wondering about whether all of our efforts to create open,
collaborative technology were hastening the ignominious
destruction of mankind, or whether we are bringing about a
glorious revolution in consciousness that will be remembered
throughout the millennia.

    Soon, I found a keyword I could paste into Google in order to

read other people’s equally confused and verbose writings on the
topic: The
Singularity
! (Here’s a gentle
intro
.)

    As far as I can tell, The Singularity is basically a theory

that nerds cooked up in the early 90’s to add drama to their
tedious software engineering jobs. Everyone was still kinda high
on the fact that they had gotten the internet to work
at all
, Andreessen Horowitz didn’t exist
yet, and sending cat gifs was difficult at best, so
there wasn’t really much to do on the early internet but come up
with a mythical canon (with unintentional echoes of Christian eschatology ?) for this
new, digital world.

    To be honest, I know very few hard facts about The

Singularity™, aside from the facts that it’s

  1. good,
  1. bad,
  1. inevitable ,
    and
  1. not
    possible for a variety of reasons
    .
    Is it gonna happen in 2030, like predicted? Is it gonna happen

ever? What’s it gonna look like? Let’s all figure it out on
Monday, so we can finally figure it all out, and have it all.
figured. out.

Dylan