One of my favorite courses during college was Psychology that I took during my freshman year of college. I was 14 at the time. Anyways, I first learned about technological singularity during that class. I remember my psychology professor talking about how with the continuation of Moore’s Law there would be rapid advancements in computing technology. My professor mentioned that by 2030 the average computer would have the processing power of the human brain. But what really amazed me was when he said by 2050 the average computer would have the processing power of the whole human race. Anyways, this is assuming that Moore’s Law continues. Well, this was back in 2004 and now it is 2016 and Moore’s Law has continued so far in the 12 years. If we can just continue for 30 more years then humanity will enter a glorious era.
This was around the time I found out about Ray Kurzweil. That’s when I started reading his predictions. What intrigues me the most is computer brain implants. When we can convert brain waves into computer data, we will be able to enhance our own intelligence through computers. Possibly by billions fold depending on how long Moore’s Law continues. Imagine an average kid being born after technological singularity having millions of times the intelligence as an average Nobel science laureate today. Teaching can also be vastly different. Rather than spending years for doctorates, all the data is just uploaded onto the student’s mind. Anyways, I expect the pace of technological development and research to sky rocket when we hit technological singularity.
I personally believe that aliens are waiting for us to go through technological singularity before they reveal themselves. For one thing, in our current state, aliens are probably billions of times more intelligent than the average human being. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have developed a means to read all human activity and assign karma. But I can certainly see them as not being interested in revealing themselves to us because we are so behind them technologically. It would be like humans making friends with ants.
Anyways, I have been waiting for the day of First Contact since my childhood. That is going to be the most important time for human history. I am confident that I will see it during my lifetime.