Technological Singularity & Backing Up Consciousness

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We may live in a Universe that is expanding but the one constant in our world is that it seems to be heading toward the extinction of the biological human species.

Not getting into mass extinction events like a global pandemic, nuclear war, a major sunburst, there are things happening that can seriously impact the future of the human race.

There is a lot of talk about global warming, man-made or not, but there is no denying that something is happening.

“In 2016, surface temperatures on Earth were the warmest that they have been since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the third year in a row that a new global temperature record has been set. The UK Met Office and Japan Meteorological Agency have announced similar findings.” (1)

According to NASA and many Scientists, sea levels are rising because of arctic ice melt. This means less land mass in the future for people when human populations are increasing. (2)

We are at the same time, dealing with a very serious biodiversity crisis.

“The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.* Experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.

If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true – i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet –  then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.

But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true – that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet – then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.” (3)

“Mammals, birds and amphibians are currently becoming extinct at rates comparable to the previous five mass extinctions when “cataclysmic forces” – such as massive meteorite strikes and supervolcano explosions, wiped out vast swathes of life, including the dinosaurs.” (4)

As of this article July 7, 2017, most people are probably unaware that six years later, workers are still battling to decommission the Fukushima plant, where radiation is still at deadly levels. “Officials expect the cleaning won’t be finished for decades.” (5)

At the same time, humans are overpopulating the planet and using more and more of its precious life sustain natural resources.

In an article in New Scientist magazine, “The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded.” The late Hans Rosling, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said, “The world has hit peak child.”(6)

In response to this article, Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday, July 6, 2017,

“The world’s population is accelerating towards collapse, but few seem to notice or care,”(7)

Elon Musk is also racing towards being able to colonize Mars and Stephen Hawking recently said that “humans have 100 years to move to another planet.”(8) With what is happening in our world right now, 100 years seems to be really pushing it. We also have Scientists feverously working on advanced artificial intelligence, transhumanism and technological singularity. At the same time, the mainstream and even the new news Internet media, seem obsessed with trivial, emotional laden, pop culture and politically motivated stories, where science and emerging technology get very little coverage if any at all.

It’s amazing how fast science and emerging technologies are moving but most people seem to not care and want to break their emotional trance on trivial, emotional laden, propaganda filled news and views. Even though, this new science and emerging technology will have a profound effect on their lives and the lives of their children.

I want to take a step back and look at everything I’ve written this far in this article, from what I believe is a logical, rational viewpoint. Separating the mesmerizing, trivial, emotional laden, pop culture and politically motivated fallacies, untruths and propaganda. As well as the simple, grade school level ad hominem and red herring fallacies, which seems to be so popular today in the U.S.

It makes sense to me, that the Scientists and Technology Entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk and others, understand the direction that our world is heading and how it will greatly impact humanity. Reading and covering as much science and emerging technology as I do, I can see what’s coming as well and it looks catastrophic for the human race.

I think the logical argument for science and emerging technology, goes something like this;

For the human species to survive we have to be able to move to another planet in our solar system, like Mars but doing that in our current biological state is not really realistic, given the time we have to do it.

We also have to be able to reach other planets that could support humanity but we don’t have the technical ability to do that and it would take too long, we would never make it, so this isn’t a realistic plan unless we become and build machines that can sustain long-term space travel.

What makes someone human? Consciousness…what if we create advanced machines or an advanced Internet that will house our consciousness and therefore we can populate a planet like Mars and possibly make it to another planet outside our solar system?

Great idea, but what if these advanced machines decide to take control and get rid of humans before we can merge with them.

It could and may happen but do we really have a choice?

Let’s also use quantum computers to open portals to other dimensions in the Multiverse so we can do a quantum jump with our human consciousness into another dimension. We can also try and create black holes and use them as portals. (9)

We don’t even know that a multiverse exists?

True, but it may so let’s get our advanced artificial intelligence working with quantum computers and find out if it does.

Will people really go along with this?

They already are. How many people are inputting their personal feelings, emotions and life data into their social media accounts and having, what they perceive, to be private conversations on cell phones and their email accounts? Plus, everyone wants to survive and will be okay with doing it any way they can. Backing up consciousness for safe keeping and the survival of humanity is the right thing to do and worth the risks.

Would we still be human?

Yes, but an evolution of the human species. At this point, we either evolve or go extinct.

Agreed!

What do you think about this article? I would love to post your comments and ideas here. If you have something to add, please email me at: MrFuturist@MrFuturtist.com

 

Update July 12, 2017 

Three days after publishing this article, a large chunk of ice snaps off from Antartica and creates the largest iceberg ever recorded.

Iceberg the size of Delaware, among biggest ever recorded, snaps off Antarctica

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(1) Global Temperature Record Broken for Third Consecutive Year

(2) NASA Global Climate Change

(3) How many species are we losing?

(4) Humans are ushering in the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, scientists warn

(5) Fukushima Remains “A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare”, In Pictures

(6) The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded

(7) Elon Musk: The world’s population is accelerating toward collapse and nobody cares

(8) Stephen Hawking Says Humans Have 100 Years to Move to Another Planet

(9) Stephen Hawking claims black holes are portals to another universe – but there’s no coming back

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Mr Futurist Reply: Interesting that the lead story on Facebook this morning from MSN news was covering what I wrote about in this article. Mr Futurist posted a link

Earth faces ‘biological annihilation’ as scientists warn of sixth mass extinction

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Karla Dickman – I’ve thought about our technology and how much we could learn about ourselves as the human species. We could learn a lot with all of the data being collected. Interesting…

 

Stephen KIng – The occurrence of resource scarcity. Knock over Malthus’ catastrophe and Nietzsche recurrence argument and I’ll listen to you.

 

Peter Marshall – Absolutely amazing, isn’t it? It’s almost mindboggling, but that’s the step most people are taking, for no apparent reason.

 

Reda Haddad – “According to NASA” means a lie…

 

Karol Surowski – okay everybody, IMHO the advanced AI or extended AI would never-ever leave a trace about crossing the singularity … so we are now living a time, where everybody knows that the elections are manipulated and the results are bringing us closer to the end of humanity as we are used to it – but nobody knows who is manipulating the elections /Im not talking about Cambridge Analytica/ – and therefore we are already experiencing the singularity …

 

Erek Tinker – Consciousness is not data.

Reda Haddad – Who said so?

Erek Tinker – That’s even a category error for how software works.

The silly reductionism that is so popular in transhuman circles isn’t even backed up by neuroscience. How about instead of asking who says, “Consciousness is not data”, you prove the affirmative case, that it is. For now, it’s just a religious belief transhumanists hold dear.

Show me data that experiences itself.

Reda Haddad – Logos is data

Erek Tinker – Is Logos data or is Logos the parser?

Reda Haddad – Logos is all and all is Logos

Erek Tinker – But the idea of it being stored is an idea that all data is representitive, and thus the physical medium is transferable.

Reda Haddad – It is. Heraclitus knew it all.

Erek Tinker – It is easy to know it all when your framework is broad, universal, but nonspecific.

Reda Haddad – True. And on the other hand at some level everything gets much more philosophic then specific.

 

Tammie Acosta – Because people have a problem with replacing out-dated facts with new proven facts. It’s a psychological issue that proves 2 things need some work: Parenting and education.

 

Erica Neil – “At this point, we either evolve or go extinct.”

Not just “at this point.” From the dawn of life, it’s has been “evolve or go extinct.” This is nothing new. The only difference is, humans can control their environment, so they can choose the direction they evolve in.

“Elon Musk: The world’s population is accelerating toward collapse and nobody cares”

Hyperbole, but let’s say for argument’s sake this is true. To say, “nobody cares” is grandly stupid. If people didn’t care, none of us would be bothering to improve ourselves, our technology, or our world. We’d just all sit back and say, “screw it.” What’s more accurate is to say the people who have the power to alter things on a global scale don’t seem to care about much beyond the acquisition and maintaining of wealth and power. Being that MUSK rubs elbows with these people, he’s in a much better position to affect change than the average person on the street.

 

James Corbally – Some just can’t help themselves with an (R) is in the Whitehouse. Fake news, real news, they get swallowed up in it all. Then they tell us they’re the smart ones.

 

Francis J Newman – Bollocks I believe we need to spend all of our human power and resources to repair and restore this planet. Who says we have the right to carry on our destructive patterns. Repair and consolidate the humanity we have. Here now.

Response: James Corbally – I’ve no intentions of treating this world as a gaia or god figure any more than I will any human or sentient.

 

Heather D. Snyder – Oh we are still a blip in earth’s existence and we are trying to change the best we can. America does well with all it’s regulations, many countries still where the people rule and pollute to their hearts content. Perhaps our eyes should be on them? Since I personally can’t hold judgment on an entire country, think I’ll concentrate on solar energy projects and visual and simulation technology. Haha

 

Matthew R. Versaggi – No, it’s not. It assume the solution to a problem that has baffled philosophers for centuries, is ruled a non-started for the aspirations of the psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience professions out there because of their roots in the camp of Physicalism which argues that all there is to consciousness if in the physical, and for a host of other sound arguments of the ilk that humans cannot create something the know virtually nothing significant about such as consciousness and the self.

 

Stephen KIng – Human consciousness is just a dataset?

Response: Bill Coffman – Plus data processing algorithms. Don’t tell Radin.

 

Denny Cote – One cannot back up consciousness…it isnt a thing…its the awareness in which things arise.

 

Jonathan Cohen – All we know how to do is make chatbots that sound like people. There is no reason to think computers will ever be conscious.

Response: Denny Cote – People arent conscious…consciousness peoples sometimes though.

 

Rodney Berry – Nice image for the article.. Respect

 

Tim Davies – I’m sure they dont know what it is yet

 

Brandon Lee Porter – We should also weigh our existing threats with the possible existential threat of A.S.I. There is little doubt that our current state of affairs is unsustainable, but depending on how we achieve A.G.I, or nanotechnology, and under what circumstances they are brought about (military vs. OpenAI/ military vs. university) we could be trading our pot of slowly heating water for a quick and definitive stomping.

I remain cautiously optimistic that we will overcome the needed challenges we face through technology, and that we will become an interplanetary species (or interdimensional). I’d hate for the ‘Great Filter’ to weed us out.

Response: Rodney Berry TRUE..

 

Kevin Crosby- Shared a Link

Mapping the brain

 

icel John Servando Pahimolin – How can you say we are heading in an extinction when the records say otherwise?

Then Mr. Pahimolin replied to his comment and posted 12 times and debated with himself? This is all of his posts put together

Population growth. From the way you put your words I can assume you are an anti trump. Am I wrong? I got your point. But I don’t think they/us will let a psychopath lead a country.things just happens only in movie For all you have mention above guess what? We are more than 7billion now. You compare yourself in a lesser intellect animal?

Beside, those meteors are inevitable.

(If really the meteors extinct the Dino)

I believe that even the end of earth can’t extinct the human race.

How old the human race is? Hundreds of thousands of years!(some even say a millions?)wars after wars , famines,plagues , etc..but guess what we are multiplying! Don’t underestimate the power of Human’s mind.it won’t let its race to be extinct

What about them? I think I know where it will going.lol.

We have a good debate here. Just go straight to your point.

First, I’m not assuring you anything.you gave your opinion, I gave mine.that is what we are doing here.

Now we’re back.

Of course there will be always a concern about our extinction as everything must come to an end.But I am not agreeing on your post that we’re heading into it.

About those great minds, I think the same concern will be tackle by soon to be great minds after a thousand year coz obviously I don’t believe our race will end in 2016

*2026

Intuition

Being honest ?

 

John Poliziani – This is a trick question. The whole point of transhumanism is that it’s beyond humanity, its posthuman.

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  1. As always a very well researched and interesting read. My own beliefs and thoughts are more continually pulled to the continuing possibilities around a conscious or at the very least a universe which can be high affected by consciousness, by our very thoughts. When combined with action there is perhaps tremendous potential for us to change the very world around us for the better. But as the Buddhists say it all begins within ourselves. Positive thoughts followed by positive actions, actions first motivated by common cause, personal sacrifice and mutual benefit might just be able to allow us to create the change we desire. While I understand the idea to hedge our bets proposed in the article, perhaps direct action together for those things which we can all agree are for the better, I hope is something on all our minds to believe in and act upon. Heck, help a blind person across the street. Give up your car for two or three days a week yo reduce carbon. We can all choose to make a difference. Not just Elon Musk.

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