The Singularity, a term coined by Vernor Vinge and promoted by Ray Kurzweil, is the moment in time, at which machines are projected to become conscious and more ‘intelligent’ than humans. Partly, by farming and synthesising (through search engines and apps for instance) the behaviour, the thoughts and the genetic-social traits of humankind.

Through the Terminator saga, and thanks to Kubrick, Orwell, Burgess and Zamyatin, we can imagine what that ‘singularised’ civilisation might look like.

The inevitability of Singularity is rarely challenged. Some contemporaries, like Hugo de Garis, believe in a war between the supporters and opponents of ‘intelligent’ machines.

What if super-intelligence turns out to be… stupid? Will we be ‘out-evolved’ by a ‘faulty’ set of ‘mutating algorithm’s’? Erased by a ‘grey goo‘ of self-replicating nanotechnology? Shall we accept to ‘sterilise’ the intelligence and creative mindset that we have built up over billions of years, or waste them like other resources?

The evident danger is that the capabilities of such an über-intelligence are not necessarily predictable or comprehendible, let alone humanely creative.

One just wonders if Adam’s and Eve’s new Apple is not in fact, technology.

The good news? Creativity is still uncrawlable.

Stay creative.

— Words  # A.D.


La Singularité, inventée par Vernor Vinge et promue par Ray Kurzweil, est le moment où les machines deviendront plus intelligentes que les humains.

Que se passerait-il si la prétendue super-intelligence se révèlerait n’être que stupide?

Serions-nous alors de fait «dé-évolué», sous l’action d’un système composé d’ «algorithmes mutants »? Le danger évident, c’est que les capacités d’une telle intelligence ne soient pas prévisibles ou compréhensibles, ni humainement créatives.

Bonne nouvelle. La Créativité n’est toujours pas modélisable. Restez donc créatif.