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How to avoid the singularity

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For a panel at Inconsistency Robustness 2011 on the Singulairty.

For a panel at Inconsistency Robustness 2011 on the Singulairty.

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  • 1. How to avoid the singularity
    Inconsistency Robustness 2011
    Panel: “Inconsistency Robustness and the Singularity”
  • 2. The Singularity is inherently unknowable
    But humans have systems for talking about the unknowable…
  • 3.
  • 4. Singulatarianism has the form of a religion
    “The rapture of the nerds”
    Specifically
    Transcendental
    Eschatalogical
    Monotheistic (implicitly)
    But most singulatarians are atheists!
    Their atheism is shallow: they’ve just replaced it with an equivalent belief system
  • 5. Monotheism-> Individualism -> objectivityTuring/Von Neuman model of computation
    Polytheism??? -> Society -> subjectivityDistributed/Actor model of computation
    Without a single point of view, inconsistency is the norm
  • 6. The cure for singulatarianism
    Network thinking
    Monotheism wants to collapse the universe's locus of control into a single transcendent point
    Instead: radically distributed control
    Instead of hyper-empowered individuals,Hyper-connected networks of actors
  • 7. Today’s social networks are a mere hint of what is to come
    Perhaps a different theology is needed
  • 8.
  • 9. Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra,
    there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer
    in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions.
    In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities,
    the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net,
    and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number.
    There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude,
    a wonderful sight to behold.
    If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it,
    we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net,
    infinite in number.
    Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel
    is also reflecting all the other jewels,
    so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.