Science-fiction: Fact?

May 9, 2006

Sci-FiDoug Pagitt recently posted a link to a BBC interview with a theoretical physicist. Even for one with a casual interest in string theory, it was trippy to hear ideas I normally associate with Star Trek spoken by a scientist. Dark matter possibly being the gravitational influence of other dimensions? Three satellites being launched to form the largest triangulation device in order to detect these dimensions? Wow.

Not long afterward, I heard about The Singularity Summit coming up in a few days at Stanford, discussing how “after the singularity, humans as they exist presently won’t be the driving force in scientific and technological progress, eclipsed cognitively by posthumans, AI, or both.” This is Ghost in the Shell material. If you believe Bill Joy (co-founder of Sun Microsystems), it might be more like The Matrix: “We are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Science-fiction: Fact?

  1. Weird and cool stuff. Just finished a book by uber-sci-fi author Ken Macleod called Learning The World. Excellent sci-fi. Ken (not a believer) tends to write from a perspective of humanity achieving almost god like status through tech advances. And this book reflected that. It was a “first contact” novel with we humans (14,000 years in the future) being the “aliens” to a planet bound primitives (a bat-like people). But Macleod very deftly demonstrates who is really advanced when the bat people avoid a world war and free a whole sub-species from slavery and the humans try to nuke each other. The space traveling humans advance to the point of being utterly self-serving, cold, and insensitive/immoral. So yeah, I agree with Bill Joy…all kinds of evil are possible with super-tech advances.