Technological Singularity, Extinction, future technology

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

Article References 

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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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  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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