Today Is a Good Day to Die
I start to wonder if "The Singularity" is what the kids would call a "first world problem."
I start to wonder if "singularities" or conditions fully as disorienting and threatening as the Technological Singularity is predicted to be has been a common human experience, especially among the lower classes and ethnic and tribal peoples. I thing of the losing sides in major wars, the bubonic plague, the exploration of the Western Hemisphere and the thousands of times that social and cultural expectations have been crushed by cruel facts. How will we survive the singularity? How did the American Indians survive the colonization of the Americas? Well, most of them didn't and the others have tried, successfully or not, a whole range of strategies.
I also wonder if "singularity" is, paradoxically. a constant and necessary part of spiritual experiences. What is the "Cloud of Forgetting" if not a total disorientation/reorientation and alienation/refriending of the world?