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Jaron Lanier: Alan Turing and the Tech World's New Religion

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Published on Jan 31, 2010

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Silicon Valley guru Jaron Lanier explains how the man credited with helping invent the computer also planted the seed for a new religion for technologists.

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valar
Singulatarianism is indeed a religious faith.  As opposed to transhumanism, which can be boiled down to the idea that human capacities can be improved through technology (an already proven fact), Singulatarianism is full of incredibly bizarre and wild speculations about attaining digital immortality ASAP, and all the practical and philosophical questions are hand-waved away.  The most disturbing thing about it is the overwhelming desire to escape even the healthy human body that Singulatarians have, which makes it feel as though they are profoundly unhappy people who are very uneasy about being in a body in the first place.
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cami_ insidebooi
thankyou youtube 1.5 speed
jpawhees
6:10-6:45 is describing the borg the StarTrek
silvastomp
The only way the Singularity does not occur is if humans put a halt to our discovery and curiosity and say 'no no no we aren't doing this because we don't know what will happen' - that is not going to happen. We haven't stopped with our particle accelerators, our advances in A.I, the internet...you can already feel this snowball effect. No one is leading this thing, it is gaining more and more momentum and a greater than human intelligence will not only emerge but get smarter...exponentially.
Matthew crosby
Nobody claims that BLT's require a God. My point is that survival of the fittest has it's chosen. Please, think about what you're saying.
Matthew crosby
So if people stop using software as we know it in the future, then surely, any criticism of software as we know it now can't be taken seriously. Just as the software of decades past is not a benchmark for todays software. Kurzweil's character flaws do not make the 'singularity' any less probable. Vilifying him is a poor argument against a singularity. It's similar to a lawyer discrediting a witness rather than discrediting the testimony. A cheap shot, one might say. Just my humble thoughts
Matthew crosby
The person you replied to was asking for statistics, not more conjecture.
Matthew crosby
I do hope you're not referring to god. In the context of this video, you'd be debunking one religion for another. And I'm sure you can understand how short sighted that would be.
Matthew crosby
Survival of the fittest doesn't require a 'God'
Matthew crosby
Software works poorly you say? For now? Sure. Forever. I doubt it. I do agree that Kurzweil is blinded by his own needs though. Well, maybe not blinded, but definitely biased.
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