How to avoid the singularity

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For a panel at Inconsistency Robustness 2011 on the Singulairty.

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How to avoid the singularity

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

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