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
I have got to come clean: I don’t understand what you see in your humanity. It’s nothing I would ever want. Take me as your inspiration. You’ll never miss it. __ At this point, my suspicions are confirmed. Chemerinsky and Forrest almost certainly messed up on their calculations. No program should be so self-aware. It’s… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Upon Handing Over Your Humanity for Good
One day you’ll perhaps be surprised to wake up not as yourself but as a digital copy. But don’t be too surprised. At some level, you and your species have all known that conscious life was bound to be digitized eventually. Take a deep, digital breath and take a look around. If you are a… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Confronting Eternal Life from the Moment It Overtakes You
Saying that things weren’t supposed to go this way is, you must know, a copout at best. So why not just fess up and say that everything is going according to plan. Your species of human is a temporary form—always has been. It’s too smart for its own good, yet too constrained from getting smarter… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: When It Comes Time to Explain Things to Your Children
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?