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IA Leveraged by AI

The Technological Singularity is the hypothetical phenomenon expected as a consequence of the exponential growth of information-based technologies. As the Singularity gets closer and ultimately arrives, changes in the mode of human life will be so overwhelming that human affairs as we know them will be unable to continue. A new chapter of human history will then begin.

Welcome, Singularity!

WelcomeSingularity is a non-profit singularian organization with a pragmatic vision of this coming future. Its mission is to engage the largest possible number of software developers to help build safe paths toward the Technological Singularity.

WelcomeSingularity shares the vision that the best way to build these secure paths is to allocate resources to create Intelligence Amplification (IA) technologies leveraged by Artificial Intelligence (AI). If this view proves to be correct, the community of “singularian software developers” will play a key role in planning and executing actions to create and master the “new language” we will need to manipulate more complex conceptual layers in non-biological neocortex-based arrangements.

Through a collaborative worldwide network, WelcomeSingularity acts: (1) involving and mobilizing software developers to popularize the concepts of the Technological Singularity hypothesis; (2) explaining, discussing and defending the choice for the Intelligence Amplification way and its relations with Artificial Intelligence; and (3) supporting projects for developing software applications based on Intelligence Amplification paradigms.

See more at The WelcomeSingularity Manifesto.

Quotes

“We’re fast approaching the time when computer power will grow without limits surpassing human intelligence.”
“When the Singularity arrives we’ll accept entities that are not biological as conscious.”
“The pace of change is going to be so astonishingly quick that we won’t be able to follow it unless we enhance our own intelligence by merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.”
“Then a new chapter of human history will begin.”WelcomeSingularity.org, inspired by Kurzweil & Kaku.

Supported Projects

The Welcome Singularity seeks and supports projects promoting Intelligence Amplification.

SINGULARIAN DEVs

“Singularian Devs” is a global project that promotes small actions around the world to popularize the Technological Singularity hypothesis among software developers for making them “Singularian Developers”. The WelcomeSingularity also organizes regional or virtual clusters so-called “DevsOnSingularity” to discuss Singularity-based issues. (See more)

SMART CODE FOR EVERYONE

“Smart Code for Everyone” is a global project of the WelcomeSingularity whose goal is to empower the largest possible number of non developer people – specially children and young people – in the use of software tools which solve decision problems using optimization, statistics and machine learning techniques.

The WelcomeSingularity joins professionals to create, monitor and update effective training methodologies for this special target audience. Once defined the pedagogical lines and methodologies, the training should be delivered by other nonprofits, governments, welfare organizations, or other ones. The WelcomeSingularity performs the official seal and also intermediates the fundraising for organizations interested in join the project. (See more)

QUALIA PROJECT

“Qualia Project” is an open source project of whose main goal is to build a software developer community that manipulates complex conceptual layers of neocortex-based algorithms.

“Qualia” is an intelligent personal assistant that gives the owner the opportunity to train and develop a functionally usable personal avatar. Once trained, this avatar can make complex decisions and answer subjective questions in the same way that its owner would. Training can evolve until the owner feels secure that his/her Qualia can help or possibly replace him/her in some decision-making.(See more)

 

Get Qualia Consciousness Avatar and get involved with the development (soon)

Quotes Manifesto

“As we move closer and closer to this point, it will loom vaster and vaster over human affairs till the notion becomes a commonplace.”
“Yet when it finally happens it may still be a great surprise and a greater unknown.”WelcomeSingularity.org, inspired by Vinge.

Singularian Devs

The Welcome Singularity promotes actions to popularize the Technological Singularity among software developers

GETTING STARTED ON SINGULARITY

The following FAQs are designed to give software developers (DEVs) a better understanding of the essence of and the challenges associated with the Technological Singularity event. Here, some figures that can help to understand the concepts.

What is “The Technological Singularity” and what we should expect from it?

Is the Technological Singularity the process of changes caused by emerging technologies?

What kind of discontinuity is the Technological Singularity?

Are there risks in the Technological Singularity?

Must we fight against the Technological Singularity arrival?

Would the approach of Technological Singularity be seen as a trap?

How long will it takes to reach the Technological Singularity? Is this not a matter for generations far ahead?

What can we do to prepare ourselves for the Technological Singularity?

What does Intelligence Amplification (IA) mean?

How can software developers help?

Learning More from the Classic Writings

The three classic papers below were pioneers in their respective approaches regarding Technological Singularity. Reading them gives software developers (DEVs) a deeper and contextualized view of the subject, but should be done keeping in mind when they were written. This is a way for the Singularian Devs to acknowledge the pioneer contribution of Vernor Vinge, Ray Kurzweil and David Chalmers in their respective areas.

The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era (1993) Vinge, Vernor.
Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. Is such progress avoidable? If not to be avoided, can events be guided so that we may survive? These questions are investigated. Some possible answers (and some further dangers) are presented. (see more)

The Law of Accelerating Returns (2001) Kurzweil, Ray.
An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense “intuitive linear” view. So we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate). The “returns,” such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. There’s even exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth. Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity — technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light. (see more)

The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis (2010) Chalmers, David.
(…) In what follows, I address some (of these) philosophical and practical questions. I start with the argument for a singularity: is there good reason to believe that there will be an intelligence explosion? Next, I consider how to negotiate the singularity: if it is possible that there will be a singularity, how can we maximize the chances of a good outcome? Finally, I consider the place of humans in a post-singularity world, with special attention to questions about uploading: can an uploaded human be conscious, and will uploading preserve personal identity? (see more)

S-THINKERS

S-Thinkers are writers, researchers, and entrepreneurs that are worried about Technological Singularity issues and whose contributions are recognized by the singularian community.

Vernor Vinge
Ray Kurzweil
David Chalmers
Peter Diamandis
Elon Musk
Rob Nail
Salim Ismail
Natasha Vita More
Hugo de Garis
Giulio Prisco
Aubrey de Grey
Daniel Kraft
John Smart
David Brin
Max Moore
Nikola Danaylov
Zoltan Istvan
Eliezer Yudkowsky
Daniel Reda
Nick Bostrom
Stephen Hawking
Ben Gortzel

WELCOME SINGULARITY COLLABORATIVE WORKING ESSAYS

The study of the Technological Singularity and its implications is just beginning. There are still many issues to be investigated and questions to be answered. Some of these concerns are discussed among the Singularian Devs in discussion forums such as those shown below.

How Much Time do We Have until the Technological Singularity Arrives?
We are approaching the time when the technological paradigm will surpass the biological in importance faster than our intuition tells us. This is because the human brain was evolved to perfectly simulate the hierarchical environment of our planet, but its resources for intuiting exponential processes are very poor. Our brain is organized with linear sequences of steps, which means that exponential thinking does not come naturally for us. The “Super Bread Dough” thought experiment” is a reflection about this issue. (get involved)

Would the Technological Singularity be Another Threshold Moment along the Universe Evolution?
The story of evolution starts with a universe that is capable of encoding information[1]”.If we consider the known story of the universe from the point of view of the encoding of information, we will find evidence to support the amazing hypothesis that the development of information arrangements is (or is somehow related to) the real “driving force” of the universe. The universe and its nature have always been interesting subjects. We know that it expands from order to disorder, but this rule is reversed under certain special circumstances. In specific “threshold moments,” parts of the universe are structurally reordered to allow the creation of new “entities” capable of encoding more complex information and replicating it more successfully. Would we be about to witness another threshold moment in this evolution? (get involved with the G+ community)

Why is it Impossible to See Beyond the Technological Singularity? 
Science-fiction writers were the first people to feel the impact of the coming of Singularity. Despite being used to fantasizing about life years in the future, they realized that their most diligent extrapolations would soon result in the unknowable. This impossibility is also know as The Opaque Wall. Is this because a paradigm shifting event like Singularity makes extrapolations impossible? (coming soon)

[1] Adapted from Kurzweil’s 2012 book “How to create a mind”

More Quotes

“Is there good reason to believe that there will be an intelligence explosion?”
“If it is possible that there will be a singularity, how can we maximize the chances of a good outcome?”
“Can an uploaded human be conscious, and will uploading preserve personal identity?”WelcomeSingularity.org, inspired by Chalmers

Manifesto

The Welcome Singularity keeps a collaborative network of software developers who believe and act according to the principles of the “Welcome Singularity Manifesto”.

THE WELCOMESINGULARITY MANIFESTO

What will happen after the Technological Singularity depends on the paths we choose today. Singularian Developers are moved by the belief that it is still possible to build a safe path toward the Technological Singularity by performing a set of small correct actions.

What are the principles of the manifesto?

How does WelcomeSingularity act?

What are the safe actions to be followed by Singularian DEVs?

How can I become a signatory?

Contact Info

welcome@wsingularity.org

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