There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.
The joke being, in the above quote, that the Great Pumpkin is Linus’s religion. But he had always been somewhat spiritual, quoting Bible verses & whatnot. So have I, and whenever I start talking about the Great Pumpkin I lose a few social media followers. Well: lose a penny, gain a penny.
If some rando free app I heard from somebody on social media that plays sketchy ads for sketchy online games can effortlessly sew in my likeness in a reasonably convincing video clip from The Avengers...I think we’re done here. The Singularity has already taken place. I’m gonna go live in that artist’s hut right off the P-Town shore now.
Note: this post was originally published on February 20, 2017. I’m reposting this and others on this site because I feel they contain key info upon which to build a rounded portrait of the challenges we face in the near future.
Please understand: We are heading for a profound change in our society due to the rise of artificial intelligence and the impending replacement of many human workers by robots.
I argue, then, that man as a species may be coming to an end, subsumed into a higher level of organizational complexity; and a new species may be evolving out of him. I argue, finally, that the hyper-structure is to some degree actively involved in promoting this, since it is an evolutionary process in which it is involved.
–Philip K. Dick
A common theme I read in many accounts of alleged extraterrestrial visitations is that of a metallic, almost electronic voice. Related to that is the paranoid feeling that what the person is really interacting with is some sort of computer. Author Philip K. Dick went so far as to refer to VALIS, the (extraterrestrial? extra-dimensional?) “entity” he claimed to have interacted with/been possessed by, as an “AI”—artificial intelligence.