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A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on singularity, universe, technology, and awakening

As we gradually learn to harness the optimal computing capacity of matter, our intelligence will spread through the universe at (or exceeding) the speed of light, eventually leading to a sublime, universe wide awakening.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity is Near

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A Quote by Daniel Pinchbeck on art, techne, technique, technology, process, martin heidegger, arts saving power, technological enframing, deeper collective vision, world as art, sri nisargadatta maharaj, terrence mckenna, gadgetry, shift in perspective,

“(Martin) Heidegger notes that the origin of the word “technology” comes from the Greek word techne, and this word was applied not only to technology, but to art, and artistic technique as well.  'Once there was a time when the bringing-forth of the true into the beautiful was also called techne.'  He found this to be a numinous correspondence, and considered that, in art, the 'saving power' capable of confronting the abyss of the technological enframing might be found.

If art contains a saving power, it is not in the atomized artworks produced by individual subjects, but in a deeper collective vision that sees the world as a work of art, one that is already, as (Sri) Nisargadatta (Maharaj) and (Terrence) McKenna suggest, perfect in its 'satisfying all-at-onceness'.'  Instead of envisioning an ultimately boring 'technological singularity,' we might be better served by considering an evolution of technique, of skillful means, aimed at this world, as it is now.  Technology might find its proper place in our lives if we experienced such a shift in perspective–in a society oriented around technique, we might find that we desired far less gadgetry.  We might start to prefer slowness to speed, subtlety and complexity to products aimed at standardized mind.  Rather than projecting the spiritual quest and the search for the good life onto futuristic A.I.s,  we could actually take the time to fulfill those goals, here and now, in the present company of our friends and lovers.

Part of the problem seems embedded in the basic concept of a concrescence or singularity, which compacts our possibilities rather than expands them.  The notion of a technological singularity reflects our culture's obsessive rationality, reducing qualitative aspects of being to quantifiable factors, and imposing abstract systems over complex variables.  Instead of a technological singularity, we might reorient our thinking toward a more desirable multiplicity of technique.  Technique is erotic in essence; it is what Glenn Gould or Thelonious Monk expresses through the piano–the interplay between learned skill and quantum improvisation that is the stuff of genius.  Technique embraces the now-ness of our living world; technology throws us into endless insatiation.”

Daniel Pinchbeck

Source: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Pages: 106-107

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A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on singularity, global warming, and climate change

None of the global warming discussions mention the word “nanotechnology.” Yet nanotechnology will eliminate the need for fossil fuels within 20 years. If we captured 1% of 1% of the sunlight (1 part in 10,000) we could meet 100% of our energy needs without ANY fossil fuels. We can’t do that today because the solar panels are too heavy, expensive, and inefficient. But there are new nanoengineered designs that are much more effective. Within five to six years, this technology will make a significant contribution. Within 20 years, it can provide all of our energy needs. The discussions talk about current trends continuing for the next century as if nothing is going to change. I think global warming is real but it has been modest thus far - 1 degree f. in 100 years. It would be concern if that continued or accelerated for a long period of time, but that’s not going to happen. And it’s not just environmental concern that will drive this, the $2 trillion we spend on energy is providing plenty of economic incentive. I don’t see any disasters occuring in the next 10 years from this. However, I AM concerned about other environment issues. There are other reasons to want to move quickly away from fossil fuels including environmental pollution at every step and the geopolitical instability it causes.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: Washington Post: Artificial Intelligence, When Humans Transcend Biology, Monday, June 19, 2006

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ken Wilber on technology, singularity, exterior, and interior

What good is it to continue to focus on the exterior technological wonders before us--from indefinite life extension to computer/mind interlinks to unlimited zero-point energy to worm-hole intergalactic space travel--if all we carry with us is an egocentric red-mem Nazis and KKK? Do we really want Jack the Ripper living 400 years, zipping around the country in his hypercar, unleashing misogynistic nanorobots? Exterior developments are clearly a concern; how much more so are interior developments--or lack there of....

Ken Wilber

Source: A Theory of Everything : An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality, Pages: 105

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on boundary, singularity, and self

Molly 2004: The boundary of myself is seeming less and less clear.

Ray: Well, just wait until we're predominantly nonbiological. Then we'll be able to merge our thoughts and thinking at will, so finding boundaries will be even more difficult.

Molly 2004: That actually sounds kind of appealing, You know, some Buddhist philosophies emphasize the extent to which there is inherently no boundary at all between us.

Ray: Sounds like they're talking about the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 387

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on singularity, spirituality, and transcendence

The Singularity denotes an event that will take place in the material world, the inevitable next step in the evolutionary process that started with biological evolution and has extended through human-directed technological evolution. however, it is precisely in the world of matter and energy that we encounter transcendence, a principal connotation of what people refer to as spirituality.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 387

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A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on exponential, technology, and singularity

They key idea underlying the impending Singularity is that the pace of change of our human-created technology is accelerating and its powers are expanding at exponential pace.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 7-8

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on epochs, universe, singularity, intelligence, and creativity

We currently understand the speed of light as a bounding factor on the transfer of information. Circumventing this limit has to be regarded as highly speculative, but ther are hints that this constraint may be able to be superseded. If there are even subtle deviations, we will ultimately harness this superliminal ability. Whether our civilization infuses the rest of the universe with its creativity and intelligence quickly or slowly depends on its immutability. In any even the "dumb" matter and machanisms of the universe will be transformed into exquisitely sublime forms of intelligence, which will constitute the sixth epoch [The Universe Wakes Up] in the evolution of patterns of information. This is the ultimate destiny of the Singularity and of the universe.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 21

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on singularitarian and singularity

A Singularitarian is someone who understands the Singularity and has reflected on its meaning for his or her own life.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 370

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A Quote by Ray Kurzweil on singularitarian and singularity

Being a Singularitarian has often been an alienating and lonely experience for me because most people I encounter do not share my outlook. Most "big thinkers" are totally unaware of this big thought. In a myriad of statements and comments people typically evidence the common wisdom that human life is short, that out physical and intellectual reach is limited, and that nothing fundamental will change in our lifetimes. I expect this narrow view to change as the implications of accelerating change become increasingly apparent, but having more people with whom to share my outlook is a major reason that I wrote this book.

Ray Kurzweil

Source: The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology, Pages: 370-371

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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