The Age of Spiritual Machines

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    Technological Singularity

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    Let’s get down to business, Ray Kurzweil predicts that in 2045 a singularity will happen. Not just any singularity, a technological one. This means that when the time comes, technology and human capacity will accelerate and merge to become a new and different life-form. This may include machines becoming sentient. Believing in the singularity is a good thing. The singularity will bring up a new age of superhuman intelligence. “According to Ray Kurzweil the advancements in the GNR; genomics, nanotechnology, and robotics will pave the way” (Kurzweil, Ray. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology). Imagine being able cure genetic diseases like hemophilia, color blindness, and cancer. Or being able to cure disease that were once thought to be incurable. The singularity will bring in new technologies like search engines being able to understand human language according to Ray Kurzweil. The thought that many people make, is that when they hear the singularity, black holes, they think that AI or artificial…

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    It seems to me those who advocating singularity is actually playing up the omnipotent potential of human being; a behavior reminds me of “Playing God." Singularity does provide a seemingly dazzling and infinite future of human being, but the truth is that human knows it better than any other creature that nature state of life is struggling due to limited amounts of power. For example, the reason why people love SiFi is that they have something to anticipate and it is such an expectation that…

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    In the article, Paul Alan makes a claim that contradicts the claims made by Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge regarding “singularity” stating, “While we suppose this kind of singularity might one day occur, we don’t think it is near. In fact, we think it will be a very long time coming.” Alan lays out the article by providing the claims Kurzweil mentions in his article, and provides statements and evidence that contradicts them. He begins his article by providing the main thesis statement and claims…

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    The Singularity

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    make sense to try and fit in. Cyborgs like Harbisson will become more prevalent in future society, hence creating a societal norm to merge with technology. The cyborg (Neil Harbisson) is the answer to reaching a singularity in part because he is legally recognized by the government and provides ideas about how we can change the way in which humans view the world, such as hearing color. Kurzweil’s argument that we will experience the singularity by 2045 is a crazy, yet reasonable thought that’s…

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    frightening. Kurzweil discusses Technological Singularity, also referred to as the “Accelerating Change Thesis”, and it’s meaning as “…a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed…” Many of Kurzweil’s ideas or predictions regarding the changing of our technological world, stemming from Singularity, are amazing albeit radically unnerving at the same time. The notion human and artificial…

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    stage in the evolution of design. Morris felt that the ‘diligent study of Nature’ was important. He saw this as the spiritual antidote to the decline in social, moral and artistic standards during industrialisation. Morris also encouraged artists to look to the past for their inspiration because he believed the art of his own age was inferior. His solution was to return to the values of the Gothic art of the Middle Ages, where artists and craftsmen had worked together with a common purpose. This…

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    Pros And Cons Of Futurism

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    Have you ever thought about the differences between these days and the days of two hundred years ago? There are many things has chance which cant be count. There were many things that haven’t existed before. Anyway, the technology has developed in a way that human cannot control or stop it. As I can say that there is no limited for the technology. However, if you think of how our technology in these days, I will absolutely accept any ideas about technology. So, imagine if someone came from the…

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    Forster and Le Guin, in their short stories “The Machine Stops” and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” respectively make many assumptions about human nature in regards to what people seek and value most. Both texts, set in Dystopian and Utopian futures, present the Marxist ideas of commodity fetishism, alienation and modernity as it relates to the human need for happiness, security and spirituality and/or religiosity. The futuristic worlds that both authors set up in their short stories deal…

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    our being and to lower self ego. To keep relationship with God in good working order and life may go smoother because of it. I practice spiritual discipline .Moods swing. Life has rhythm, ups and downs. What at one time seems so totally, deeply true, or is even known to be true, can at other times seem so false…

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    Avatar: Textual Analysis

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    He writes that the movie Avatar portrays Pantheistic Spirituality and a bit of a naturalistic worldview. He has perceived that the Navis consider themselves as above nature itself, but at the same time are so connected to nature that they say prayers of gratitude and sometimes they even shed tears when they hunt an animal down for food. He strongly believes that Panteism has dominated the whole movie. Pantheism is a religious belief that includes the entire Universe in its control. Avatar has…

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