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Why Now? A Quest in Metaphysics

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Published on Nov 29, 2012

Talk given at the Singularity Summit 2012.

The word "singularity" usually denotes something exceptional, a situation that breaks a given model. It therefore seems like an incredible coincidence that we were born just decades before an imminent technological singularity that threatens to break our model of the evolution of the entire universe.

But what if that incredible coincidence is merely an illusion? What if our model is not correct to begin with?

This talk combines the ideas of intelligence explosion, the multiverse, the anthropic principle, and the simulation argument, into an alternative model of the universe - a model where, from the perspective of a human observer, technological singularity is the norm, not the exception.

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