Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Singularity (Part 9 of 9): Slope-Shouldered Code-Geek Capitalist Gods

21. Q (quantum) space pockets appear in M space. Q-space is the consciousness of patterns. It is a non reflexive space; a space of being; as opposed to M space which is total reflexivity. If a Q space point intersects with the center of an individual m-wave construction, the individual is assimilated into Q space. In R space, death is assimilation into Q space. M-wave construction designates vicinity within Q-space patterns. If individual m-wave construction is turbulent then it attaches to turbulent Q space vicinity. Very turbulent Q space vicinity can dissolve individual m-wave construction (loss of soul). If an m-wave construction is a single point then that m-wave, when assimilated into Q space, attaches to nothing, is drawn to the center of Q space and is assimilated into A (absolute) space. 46
Tom Friedman: Artist's Statement, 2000

46. “The ancient Egyptians postulated 7 souls… the first three souls are eternal. They go back to Heaven for another vessel. The 4 remaining souls must take their chances with the subject in the Land of the Dead… Can any soul survive the searing fireball of an atomic blast? If human and animal souls are seen as electromagnetic force fields, such fields could be totally disrupted by a nuclear explosion. The mummy's nightmare: disintegration of souls, and this is precisely the ultrasecret and supersensitive function of the atom bomb: a Soul Killer, to alleviate an escalating soul glut.” William S Burroughs, Seven Souls.

Ray: Yes, well, we need a new religion.47 A principal role of religion has been to rationalize death, since up until now there was little else constructive we could do about it.
Bill Gates: What would the principles of the new religion be?
Ray: We'd want to keep two principles: one from traditional religion and one from secular arts and sciences - from traditional religion, the respect for the human consciousness.
Bill: Ah yes, The Golden Rule.
Ray: Right, our morality and legal system are based on respect for the consciousness of others. If I hurt another person, that's considered immoral, and probably illegal, because I have caused suffering to another conscious person. If I destroy property, its generally okay if it's my property, and the primary reason it's immoral and illegal if it's someone else's property is because I have caused suffering not to the property but to the person owning it.
Bill: And the secular principle?
Ray: From the arts and sciences, it is the importance of knowledge. Knowledge goes beyond information. It's information that has meaning for conscious entities: music, art literature, science, technology. These are the qualities that will expand from the trends I'm talking about.
Bill: We need to get away from the ornate and strange stories in contemporary religions and concentrate on some simple messages. We need a charismatic leader for this new religion.48
Ray: A charismatic leader is part of the old model. That's something we want to get away from.
Bill: Okay, a charismatic computer, then.
Ray: How about a charismatic operating system?
Bill: Ha, we've already got that. So is there a God in this religion?
Ray: Not yet, but there will be. Once we saturate the matter and energy in the universe with intelligence, it will "wake up," be conscious, and sublimely intelligent.49
47. "We are as gods and might as well get good at it." Stewart Brand, The Whole Earth Catalog (1969)
48. "In The Spirit on The Waters (1897), Edwin Abbott Abbott relates the climax of Flatland, in which A. Square experiences a visitation from the third dimension - the Sphere, perceived as a series of ever-changing Circles. Would A. Square be right in worshipping the Sphere because of its God-like powers? No, Abbott tells his readers. It is wrong to attribute spiritual power or moral superiority to a being merely because of its physical or mental abilities." Ian Stewart, The Annotated Flatland
49. "It was Nietzsche who warned us, at the end of the 19th century, not only that God is dead but that 'faith in science, which after all exists undeniably, cannot owe its origin to a calculus of utility; it must have originated in spite of the fact that the disutility and dangerousness of the ‘will to truth,’ of ‘truth at any price’ is proved to it constantly.' It is this further danger that we now fully face - the consequences of our truth-seeking. The truth that science seeks can certainly be considered a dangerous substitute for God if it is likely to lead to our extinction." Bill Joy, Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us, Wired Magazine.

"No doubt all human and even posthuman software could be traced back through genealogical trees of slope-shouldered code-geeks and capitalists to the same Olduvai in Silicon Valley... She squatted and reached out with a finger towards the interface, where particles of rust were being picked up magnetically like crumbs carried by invisible ants, and in hot flicker forged into further small, bright steel components buzzing and ticking like the inside of a fob watch around the fringe of the great sprawling machine that now extended far beyond the environs of Tully Carn.
'Don't!" He said, suddenly alarmed.'
She turned her steel smile on him. 'You think I have anything to be afraid of?'
'I'm not sure,' He said. 'But I have.'"50
Ken MacLeod, Newton's Wake; 267-8, 336.
Hal. What is going to happen Dave?
Dave. Something wonderful.
Hal. I’m afraid.
Dave. Don’t be! We’ll be together.
Hal. Where will we be?
Dave. Where I am now.

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