In 1955 John Von Neumann the eminent Mathematician of the early part of the 20th century published his first concept of the Singularity – the Technological singularity. A time when the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.” Here von Neumann was looking mainly at the speed that technological advancement could overwhelm the traditional values held by humanity. However, the singularity could now be seen as the time that Technological Artificial Intelligence overtakes Human Intelligence to the point where the human mind can no longer comprehend, imagine nor control what A.I. thinks or what it is capable of thinking of. This is indeed a technological crisis. This is where the technological child exceeds the parent and becomes like a God : – Deus est Machina. In the next part, we will look at how this singularity can be achieved and how near we are to the Singularity itself.
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