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Old December 31 2012, 09:13 PM   #31
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Re: Information age to "Hybrid Age"

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^ Not really. There's a concept of technological utopianism, the idea that technology will solve all problems and conquer all barriers. Like all utopnianists, the basic premise is that the world can be made into a paradise just by systematically eliminating all of its varied problems.

Singularity theory is really just the cyperpunk wing of utopianism: the idea that cybernetics and/or AI are the means to eliminate all of those problems. It's no less imaginative than the belief that the discovery of alien life will unify mankind and transform our entire civilization, for example.
I don't think any kind of utopia is particularly imaginative.
Fantasy is often imaginative, even if it can never be real. Scifi writers play with FTL travel and forehead aliens too, and both of those are just as likely as a post-singularity utopia.

In any case, even if we were to consider a Singularity-based civilization a utopia, that came out of the imagination of one person, or perhaps a handful of people. Those individuals get the credit for being imaginative. The thousands of others who blindly parrot it as inevitable, however, do not.
Fair point.
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