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Alan Keeling

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Is the singularity inevitable and if so then what's the point?

Capitalism is driving the human race forward technologically speaking, you cannot sell a device that is worse and more expensive than the device that has come before it, generally speaking. This has only one inevitable outcome, A.I. / robots / nano-tech / genetic engineering etc and of course the potential for human extinction or salvation the more these kind of technologies mature.

So the question becomes are we the people just going to fall into this and let the money makers keep telling us all to make more profit and work harder, without speaking out and getting them to see, that this is where it could all end for everyone, including them.

I wrote a free ebook about this over 10 years ago, type heaven or hell it's your choice into Google. It's free so this is not me trying to make money, this is me still continuing a stream of consciousness that has lasted most of my life.

I am a tired older being of 46 years of age and I see things like the UK Government making unemployed people into slaves to a system, with their new Help to work program, that may as well say - your poor - do as we say. Which is like slow boiling a proverbial frog, I see the future they are trying to engineer. Eventually you will have roughly two sides, 1.rich 1. poor, the poor will be micro managed by the rich.

Job skills will be matched to work available in the area you live, the poor will get some kind of electronic message saying do this work or you will get no money this week. This is social engineering on a grand scale, you will have no rights or say so, as you will be fighting a machine running an algorithm.

This is part n parcel of the march towards the singularity, your CV is you, to the machine. You will be monitored 24/7 & your location tracked, if you don't turn up for the work allocated, then they will more than likely know why and punish you financially.

So do we just let this happen, do we even get a say in this Micro managing of the masses, towards a Singularity outcome!


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    May 4 2014: I need to add that my free ebook is in a state of disrepair, I have had very little quality time to bring it up to date and also I gave up. If CMS systems such as Wordpress etc existed when I had started it then I would have done it that way, but all I had was office and frontpage at the time and a book I had written in word.

    I gave it away for free and have never seen a single donation in my PP account from it in 14 years, not one. This is not me begging, it is part n parcel of my observation of the capitalist system, over 8 years of hard work, good recommendations etc = no reward what so ever financially, made my soul feel better though. Only a very small number of locals shall we say even know who any of the people who recommended my book actually are. My book does not help me, in my situation, it actually means nothing to employers.

    In response to "Never shut up, Alan" from Vera below, then I will describe a part of my life experience that sums up so much shall we say, about this knowledge divide. My mother rang me up and said, "hey Al that Bill Gates guy is on the TV, I said OK, she then said, isn't that the guy you met in Holland!". In conversation with my father, I mentioned Stephen Hawking, he said and I quote, "who's that, another one of your stupid mates". What I am trying to convey is not my parents ignorance, but a genuine disconnect between shall we say, US and them. Open minded people share and talk to other open minded people, explore possibilities, they on the other hand seem to only see things when they are blindingly obvious to the social group they are in.

    So the Singularity is a none starter, conversation wise at this point, with most of my locals, simply speaking I know that unless there is a movie about it, then they will not even take 30 seconds out of their busy schedules to even contemplate it's meaning. Hopefully the new Transcendence movie will make more people aware and more discuss at my local level will help me sleep better :)

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