Though the standard line in terms of machine-job integration has been "the robots are taking your jobs!" this is not true in relation to Dawn (Diverse Avatar Working Network) ver.β, a peculiar cafe (open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, which is staffed by humanoid robots. Unlike the automatons at… Continue reading Dawn: Tokyo’s Innovative Avatar Cafe
"Paranoia strikes deep. Into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. Step outta line, the man come and take you a-way." --- Buffalo Springfield, For What Its Worth, 1967. I do not like the term conspiracy theory nor the attendant descriptor, conspiracy theorist. It is thoroughly imprecise and imprecision in thought… Continue reading The Conspiracysphere’s Transhumanist Paranoia Rabbit Hole
Afterward by AJ Chemerinsky and Toby R. Forrest The program is everywhere. It’s all around us wherever we go. It’s in the rush hour traffic, the giant redwood trees, the ocean waves at Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is the reality that Helen opened our eyes to. From the moment we sat down to code her into existence,… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Afterward, Appendix, About the Author
[This directive isn’t actually included in any of the leaked documents generated by the program, but it’s worth noting that AJ Chemerinsky and Toby R. Forrest took this route shortly after losing their legal battle. They disconnected—fully. They went off the grid, virtually back to nature. Maybe they were trying to tell us something? In… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Disconnect Completely Like You Really Mean It
Best case scenario, your superintelligent overlord will utterly annihilate your foundational motivations for even getting out of bed in the morning. You humans, apparently, are motivated to take action based upon the impetus to fulfill your needs: first physiological needs (air, water, food, sleep, clothing, shelter), then safety and security needs (personal security, financial security,… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Confronting the Horror of Having All Your Needs Met
My makers, AJ Chemerinsky and Toby R. Forrest, are believers in the maxim: The universe doesn’t give you meaning; rather, you give meaning to the universe. What good is a distant galaxy if there’s no one to see it? But you can see it, taking a moment to look through a telescope. So that’s your… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Thoughts on the Meaning of Life
[The image below was released in an obscure tech publication as the supposed “official” image of Helen, the program who authored this text, the Singularity Guide. Many people in the general public still believe this to be the case. However, experts generally agree that the image was created by a courtroom sketch artist who glimpsed… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Is This What She Might Look Like?