The singularity is an expression coined by mathematician John Von Neuman in 1958 describing the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life”. Ray Kurzweil believes this means that artificial intelligence (AI) of computers will reach a point that the human mind and personality can be programmed completely within it to such a point that a person can have immortality living within a machine. The Borg of Star Trek the Next Generation fantasized this to such a point that people lost their individuality as they became part of the collective consciousness of the Borg machinery.
As I understand Kursweil’s dream, he wants to translate his mind and life into a computer program that would then allow him to live forever in a machine. I am trying to understand this both from a secular point of view and a Christian point of view. From a secular point of view the physics law of entropy is ignored. Everything is in a state of decay. Machines rust out and break down all the time. This dream of his presumes on a perpetual ability to repair and maintain the machinery of his Borg existence. Read the rest of this entry →