The Complexity Brake Excuse Among Other Things
By admin on Oct 12, 2011 | In Human Survival
"We believe that one day this steady increase in complexity will end?the brain is, after all, a finite set of neurons and operates according to physical principles. But for the foreseeable future, it is the complexity brake and arrival of powerful new theories, rather than the Law of Accelerating Returns, that will govern the pace of scientific progress required to achieve the singularity.", PAUL G. ALLEN AND MARK GREAVES 10/12/2011
Paul Allen says the Singularity isn't Near. Something had to kick me into writing again. My last post was months ago, I can't even remember when? My life has been a bit of a "total complexity confusion" recently, or that's my major excuse for not posting.
Been working on introducing a new iPad App called Touch Voice which helps people who have speech-impairment mostly due to medical conditions.
The real story goes like this . . . a very good friend of mine, we'll call him Mr. C suffered a Pulmonary Embolism after leg surgery which caused serious complications leading to a subsequent and temporary loss of his voice.
Sitting in the hospital room visiting Mr. C over a year ago, I thought maybe an iPad could be programmed to speak for him and that's just what I did. Mr. C has since recovered his voice. So now the app can help others and improvements will follow. More work taking away from my writing!
My virtual world hasn't been well kept since my job recently moved to another city, so that's another excuse. I may have to shut it down. So I can really understand that a complexity brake can really slow down the best laid plans of an progress. Of course this is not the same complexity brake they are talking bout in the article and quote.
Suppose Kurzweil is right for a moment. Is this a good thing? Can people accept that amount of change in their life leading up to the singularity? Can I? Can the planet?
I know some would argue the advances in technology could mitigate or solve this problem and I do agree, however the problem still presently exists, the planetary biosphere is degrading... and the problem still persists. What are we humans doing about That? Denial is not the answer . . . How does that fit in with the Singularity? A complex question with many complex answers, I'm sure.
I want to get back to writing sci-fi short stories and posts, so stay tuned, this space is going to get busy again! I promise.
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