Singularity and Media

The idea of singularity starts out simple but as soon as you begin to wrap your head around this theory you begin to question everything about technology and life.  Singularity is an idea that refers to a hypothetical point of time in the future where artifical intelligence surpasses human intelligence which results in the fusion of the two.  A world where our thoughts can be downloaded and our minds exported into different bodily experiences.  This idea is most commonly talked about one of the great innovative minds of our generation, Ray Kurzweil, who was the subject of the 2009 documentary Transcendent Man.  I urge all of you to watch this documentary or read any of the numerous articles available on this idea before you continue reading.

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When exploring this theory I immediately begin to think about what media or the entertainment industry would look like when singularity or some form of it is a reality.  It is pretty crazy to think about the possiblity of downloading media straight to your brain but if Mr. Kurzweil is correct that is exactly where were headed.  This could open the doors to new types of entertainment, virtual reality simulations, and new innovative ways to particpate in live events.  Could artificial intelligence write better tv shows than humans do?  Are we going to be playing video games in different bodies with others inhabititing other bodies themselves?

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These possibilities truly boggle the mind.  We are getting to the point where technology can truly take over a lot of what we do.  I think its important however to keep in mind, during this “rise of technology”, to consider the important of media and the arts in society.  New ideas are exchanged all the time by the arts and through media, and we never want to be content with what we have.  We should always strive for more reflection and input on ideas of our time.  Technology will surely get better and change how we get our media, but let’s make sure the art that comes from this media is as pure and independent as possible.  Let’s use this technological singularity to get new ideas out in the world and empower others to create because of the new found freedom of a singularity.

So what are your thoughts?  Afraid of singularity? Excited? Please comment below

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