August 5, 2004

More on the Singularity

I''ve been thinking some about how Vinge and others can't say for sure that The Singularity, as they have defined it, will happen. Vinge and his colleagues suggest possible scenarios in which the Singularity won't happen: Earth is destroyed by a meteorite, for example; war, or some other human intervention, slows down or halts the development of technology.

But, we can already say that we feel the effects of The Singularity. We are already aware that knowledge production is outpacing our ability to keep up. Old modes of doing things are already outdated.

There once was a time when it was possible, or near possible, to know everything there was to know: such a person we call a Renaissance individual. These days, it's not possible for one person to have all the knowledge we have swirling around us (which is really information anyway, but that's another entry). We need to learn to be better managers of information and knowledge production. We need to innovate, and in order to do that, we need to creatively design our own contexts of use: personal and professional contexts that allow us to apply our knowledge and innovation.

Buddhism comes into play in multiple ways (see below). Meditation, a cornerstone of Buddhism, is one tool to cope with information and knowledge overload. More than just a "mystical retreat from mental and emotional experience" (Epstein, p. 3) meditation can be the starting point for innovation.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:53 AM