Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

With respect to the future state of economic inequality in the USA being caused by the Singularity, if you can relate to any of these synonyms for the word OUTRAGE , either as a noun or as a verb, then you are in the correct forum:

Indignation, Fury, Anger, Rage, Disapproval, Wrath, Resentment, Scandal, Offense, Insult, Injustice, Disgrace, Atrocity, Crime, Wrong, Barbarism, Enrage, Infuriate, Incense, Anger, Scandalize, Offend, Affront, Shock, Horrify, Disgust, Appall, Evil, Violation, and the list goes on...

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FIRES 200 MILLION TIMES FASTER THAN THE HUMAN BRAIN

Talk about new technology driving the future, check this out from the Kurzweil news letter. Just the idea of this kind of mind speed is blowing out the cobwebs of my synaptic connections. Just the thought of trying to out think something in the future that is 200 million times f...
FIRES 200 MILLION TIMES FASTER THAN THE HUMAN BRAIN

Talk about new technology driving the future, check this out from the Kurzweil news letter. Just the idea of this kind of mind speed is blowing out the cobwebs of my synaptic connections. Just the thought of trying to out think something in the future that is 200 million times faster than my brain is making me dizzy.

Superconducting ‘synapse’ could enable powerful future neuromorphic supercomputers
February 7, 2018
Fires 200 million times faster than human brain, uses one ten-thousandth as much energy A superconducting “synapse” (switch) that “learns” like a biological system, operating like the human brain, has been built by researchers a...
I already know what everyone is going to say; it has to be accomplished at near Absolute Zero. But it was not that long ago when the first research started looking at entangling photon pairs at Absolute Zero and today they are entangling macro size objects, like diamonds, at room temperature.

Here is the articles text.

NIST’s artificial synapse, designed for neuromorphic computing, mimics the operation of switch between two neurons. One artificial synapse is located at the center of each X. This chip is 1 square centimeter in size. (The thick black vertical lines are electrical probes used for testing.) (credit: NIST)

A superconducting “synapse” that “learns” like a biological system, operating like the human brain, has been built by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The NIST switch, described in an open-access paper in Science Advances, provides a missing link for neuromorphic (brain-like) computers, according to the researchers. Such “non-von Neumann architecture” future computers could significantly speed up analysis and decision-making for applications such as self-driving cars and cancer diagnosis.

The research is supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Cryogenic Computing Complexity Program, which was launched in 2014 with the goal of paving the way to “a new generation of superconducting supercomputer development beyond the exascale.”*

A synapse is a connection or switch between two neurons, controlling transmission of signals. (credit: NIST)

NIST’s artificial synapse is a metallic cylinder 10 micrometers in diameter — about 10 times larger than a biological synapse. It simulates a real synapse by processing incoming electrical spikes (pulsed current from a neuron) and customizing spiking output signals. The more firing between cells (or processors), the stronger the connection. That process enables both biological and artificial synapses to maintain old circuits and create new ones.

Dramatically faster, lower-energy-required, compared to human synapses

But the NIST synapse has two unique features that the researchers say are superior to human synapses and to other artificial synapses:

Operating at 100 GHz, it can fire at a rate that is much faster than the human brain — 1 billion times per second, compared to a brain cell’s rate of about 50 times per second.
It uses only about one ten-thousandth as much energy as a human synapse. The spiking energy is less than 1 attojoule** — roughly equivalent to the miniscule chemical energy bonding two atoms in a molecule — compared to the roughly 10 femtojoules (10,000 attojoules) per synaptic event in the human brain. Current neuromorphic platforms are orders of magnitude less efficient than the human brain. “We don’t know of any other artificial synapse that uses less energy,” NIST physicist Mike Schneider said.

Superconducting devices mimicking brain cells and transmission lines have been developed, but until now, efficient synapses — a crucial piece — have been missing. The new Josephson junction-based artificial synapse would be used in neuromorphic computers made of superconducting components (which can transmit electricity without resistance), so they would be more efficient than designs based on semiconductors or software. Data would be transmitted, processed, and stored in units of magnetic flux.

The brain is especially powerful for tasks like image recognition because it processes data both in sequence and simultaneously and it stores memories in synapses all over the system. A conventional computer processes data only in sequence and stores memory in a separate unit.

The new NIST artificial synapses combine small size, superfast spiking signals, and low energy needs, and could be stacked into dense 3D circuits for creating large systems. They could provide a unique route to a far more complex and energy-efficient neuromorphic system than has been demonstrated with other technologies, according to the researchers.

Nature News does raise some concerns about the research, quoting neuromorphic-technology experts: “Millions of synapses would be necessary before a system based on the technology could be used for complex computing; it remains to be seen whether it will be possible to scale it to this level. … The synapses can only operate at temperatures close to absolute zero, and need to be cooled with liquid helium. That this might make the chips impractical for use in small devices, although a large data centre might be able to maintain them. … We don’t yet understand enough about the key properties of the [biological] synapse to know how to use them effectively.”

Inside a superconducting synapse

The NIST synapse is a customized Josephson junction***, long used in NIST voltage standards. These junctions are a sandwich of superconducting materials with an insulator as a filling. When an electrical current through the junction exceeds a level called the critical current, voltage spikes are produced.

Illustration showing the basic operation of NIST’s artificial synapse, based on a Josephson junction. Very weak electrical current pulses are used to control the number of nanoclusters (green) pointing in the same direction. Shown here: a “magnetically disordered state” (left) vs. “magnetically ordered state” (right). (credit: NIST)

Each artificial synapse uses standard niobium electrodes but has a unique filling made of nanoscale clusters (“nanoclusters”) of manganese in a silicon matrix. The nanoclusters — about 20,000 per square micrometer — act like tiny bar magnets with “spins” that can be oriented either randomly or in a coordinated manner. The number of nanoclusters pointing in the same direction can be controlled, which affects the superconducting properties of the junction.

Diagram of circuit used in the simulation. The blue and red areas represent pre- and post-synapse neurons, respectively. The X symbol represents the Josephson junction. (credit: Michael L. Schneider et al./Science Advances)

The synapse rests in a superconducting state, except when it’s activated by incoming current and starts producing voltage spikes. Researchers apply current pulses in a magnetic field to boost the magnetic ordering — that is, the number of nanoclusters pointing in the same direction.

This magnetic effect progressively reduces the critical current level, making it easier to create a normal conductor and produce voltage spikes. The critical current is the lowest when all the nanoclusters are aligned. The process is also reversible: Pulses are applied without a magnetic field to reduce the magnetic ordering and raise the critical current. This design, in which different inputs alter the spin alignment and resulting output signals, is similar to how the brain operates.

Synapse behavior can also be tuned by changing how the device is made and its operating temperature. By making the nanoclusters smaller, researchers can reduce the pulse energy needed to raise or lower the magnetic order of the device. Raising the operating temperature slightly from minus 271.15 degrees C (minus 456.07 degrees F) to minus 269.15 degrees C (minus 452.47 degrees F), for example, results in more and higher voltage spikes.

* Future exascale supercomputers would run at 1018 exaflops (“flops” = floating point operations per second) or more. The current fastest supercomputer — the Sunway TaihuLight — operates at about 0.1 exaflops; zettascale computers, the next step beyond exascale, would run 10,000 times faster than that.

** An attojoule is 10-18 joule, a unit of energy, and is one-thousandth of a femtojoule.

*** The Josephson effect is the phenomenon of supercurrent — i.e., a current that flows indefinitely long without any voltage applied — across a device known as a Josephson junction, which consists of two superconductors coupled by a weak link. — Wikipedia
Abstract of Ultralow power artificial synapses using nanotextured magnetic Josephson junctions

Neuromorphic computing promises to markedly improve the efficiency of certain computational tasks, such as perception and decision-making. Although software and specialized hardware implementations of neural networks have made tremendous accomplishments, both implementations are still many orders of magnitude less energy efficient than the human brain. We demonstrate a new form of artificial synapse based on dynamically reconfigurable superconducting Josephson junctions with magnetic nanoclusters in the barrier. The spiking energy per pulse varies with the magnetic configuration, but in our demonstration devices, the spiking energy is always less than 1 aJ. This compares very favorably with the roughly 10 fJ per synaptic event in the human brain. Each artificial synapse is composed of a Si barrier containing Mn nanoclusters with superconducting Nb electrodes. The critical current of each synapse junction, which is analogous to the synaptic weight, can be tuned using input voltage spikes that change the spin alignment of Mn nanoclusters. We demonstrate synaptic weight training with electrical pulses as small as 3 aJ. Further, the Josephson plasma frequencies of the devices, which determine the dynamical time scales, all exceed 100 GHz. These new artificial synapses provide a significant step toward a neuromorphic platform that is faster, more energy-efficient, and thus can attain far greater complexity than has been demonstrated with other technologies.
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M.L. Schneider, C.A. Donnelly, S.E. Russek, B. Baek, M.R. Pufall, P.F. Hopkins, P.D. Dresselhaus, S. P. Benz and W.H. Rippard. Ultra-low power artificial synapses using nano-textured magnetic Josephson junctions. Science Advances, 2018 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701329

Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Post by Sterling Volunteer » Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:45 pm

Shades Of Colossus: The Forbin Project.

Imagine that, an artificial neuron capable of operating 200 million times faster than a biological neuron. Now imagine an artificial neural network with an imagination as is presented in https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6102 ... agination/ where the entire neural net has an imagination operating 200 million times faster than our own brains. 200 million times faster is difficult to comprehend let alone being imaginative.
In the last few years, AI researchers have made impressive progress using a technique called deep learning. Supply a deep-learning system with enough images and it learns to, say, recognize a pedestrian who’s about to cross a road. This approach has made possible things like self-driving cars and the conversational technology that powers Alexa, Siri, and other virtual assistants.

But while deep-learning AIs can learn to recognize things, they have not been good at creating them. The goal of GANs is to give machines something akin to an imagination.

In the future, computers will get much better at feasting on raw data and working out what they need to learn from it.

Doing so wouldn’t merely enable them to draw pretty pictures or compose music; it would make them less reliant on humans to instruct them about the world and the way it works. Today, AI programmers often need to tell a machine exactly what’s in the training data it’s being fed—which of a million pictures contain a pedestrian crossing a road, and which don’t. This is not only costly and labor-intensive; it limits how well the system deals with even slight departures from what it was trained on. In the future, computers will get much better at feasting on raw data and working out what they need to learn from it without being told.

That will mark a big leap forward in what’s known in AI as “unsupervised learning.” A self-driving car could teach itself about many different road conditions without leaving the garage. A robot could anticipate the obstacles it might encounter in a busy warehouse without needing to be taken around it.

That will mark a big leap forward in what is known in AI as “unsupervised learning.”

Our ability to imagine and reflect on many different scenarios is part of what makes us human. And when future historians of technology look back, they’re likely to see GANs as a big step toward creating machines with a human-like consciousness.
Now combine this with computers training themselves or training other computers as is presented in https://www.quantamagazine.org/why-self ... -20180221/.
But now artificial intelligence researchers are rethinking the way their bots incorporate the totality of human knowledge. The current trend is: Don’t bother.

Last October, the DeepMind team published details of a new Go-playing system, AlphaGo Zero, that studied no human games at all. Instead, it started with the game’s rules and played against itself. The first moves it made were completely random. After each game, it folded in new knowledge of what led to a win and what didn’t. At the end of these scrimmages, AlphaGo Zero went head to head with the already superhuman version of AlphaGo that had beaten Lee Sedol. It won 100 games to zero.
Now all of this imaginative computing power would be operating at blinding speeds going faster than greased lightning. By the time we mortals even think about using pitchforks and torches, it will be "game over" for us.

The first time I remember the concept of one computer teaching another was in the movie, "Colossus:The Forbin Project"
From IMDB:Storyline
Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both computers insist that they be linked, and after taking safeguards to preserve confidential material, each side agrees to allow it. As soon as the link is established the two become a new Super computer and threaten the world with the immediate launch of nuclear weapons if they are detached. Colossus begins to give its plans for the management of the world under its guidance. Forbin and the other scientists form a technological resistance to Colossus which must operate underground.


Here is a trailer from the movie, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-LQFXfnhrI Maybe it will shake away some of the rust and spark some neurons to remember how the two super computers traded information back and forth on their screens to learn from each other.

So, a possible computer with an imagination operating 200 million times faster than I can think is beyond my comprehension. If this was to ever come about then surely we outsmarted ourselves.

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From my previous post I now look at some of the current research driving the future of technology.
Taken all together, the conservatives who are currently in power will have the opportunity to abuse the legal system in their favor now and even more so in the future. With shortened time frames between
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From my previous post I now look at some of the current research driving the future of technology.
Taken all together, the conservatives who are currently in power will have the opportunity to abuse the legal system in their favor now and even more so in the future. With shortened time frames between technological events, and with massiv...
Yes, all of this will happen in what history will perceive as the blink of an eye with new technology racing towards this end. Here is some of the latest news on developing quantum processors for the future. I am not a quantum engineer or physicist in this area and I gave up my geek and nerd credentials long ago. Yet it is easy to see the writing on the wall. These newly developed materials will be used to produce much faster computers, exponentially faster than the ones we have now, which will then be used to produce even newer materials for even future exponentially faster computers.

And so the progression will continue beyond what my mind can possibly imagine. The time between technological events will diminish and the sheer numbers of events are outside the scope of my thinking. Usually when this is portrayed in a film we witness ever faster bits of light coming at us on the screen until it becomes just a blur of light and finally just a solid blast of white light. But what happens after this? We will not even be capable of imagining these speeds let alone be capable of managing these events legally.

Although the road to building quantum computers is paved with good intentions, I doubt the non-wealthy population will be the true beneficiary of these high-minded goals. As the last article presented here on clarifying complex chemical processes points out, the momentum is in the direction of faster computers with greater capacity regardless of the road bumps along the way.

Our capability to use pitchforks and torches to challenge these technologies with laws in our favor are quickly diminishing. We best wrest control of these new technologies from the hands of those who will want to manipulate and harm us while we still have the chance. Frankly we are the cavalry that needs to come to our own rescue.

Here are several articles regarding some of the more prominent points from this newer technology:

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A New Breakthrough in Quantum Computing is Set to Transform Our World
by Patrick Caughill on July 28, 2017 https://futurism.com/a-new-breakthroug ... ur-world/

Quantum computers are arguably the next great evolutionary step in the development of computing tech. Their successful creation will be a paradigm shifting achievement—one that will alter the future of humanity and revolutionize operations across a broad spectrum of applications.

And in case you missed it, we just took a massive leap forward into this new realm.

Last week, in a stunning reveal at the 2017 International Conference on Quantum Technologies, held in Moscow, Russia, the co-founder of the Russian Quantum Center and head of the Lukin Group of the Quantum Optics Laboratory at Harvard University, Mikhail Lukin, announced that his team had successfully built a 51-qubit quantum computer.

Futurism was fortunate enough to be present at the conference in Moscow at the moment of this historic announcement and spoke with Professor Lukin about this achievement. Notably, his group was one of two teams that created the first ever time crystals back at the start of this year. Basically, the unique thing that happens with these time crystals is that they can be a stable state of matter. These states, in principle, can hold quantum coherence for a long time. So basically, it means you can have super-positions of states. That’s kind of the basic ingredient for all this quantum science and technology.

The capabilities of this technology are ultimately based on the number of qubits in the system. Each qubit that is added does not simply multiply the processing capability by a single bit, but exponentially increases it. For example, 4 classical bits can be in one of 24 positions, allowing for 16 possibilities but only one at a time. However, four qubits in superposition (being every possible combination of 0 and 1 at the same time) can be in all 16 states at once, and that number grows exponentially with every qubit added.This means that a 20-qubit system can store 1,000,000 values simultaneously.

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Quantum Breakthrough: Physicists Have Once More Created Time Crystals
Written By Author Dom Galeon
January 27, 2017 https://futurism.com/quantum-breakthr ... -crystals/

Time crystals are strange. At the very least, they are a contradiction. A time crystal is quantum phenomenon that demonstrates movement while remaining in its ground, or lowest energy, state. Essentially a non-equilibrium form of matter, time crystals are lattices that repeat not in space but in time, breaking time-translation symmetry.

Now, two separate teams of researchers from the University of Maryland and Harvard University have reported their success at making time crystals
The University of Maryland’s time crystal research team was led by Chris Monroe. They manage to create a time crystal using a conga line of 10 ytterbium ions with interacting electron spins — yes, similar to how qubits work in quantum computers.

To maintain this movement, the team alternately hit the ytterbium ions with one laser to create a magnetic field and a second laser to flip the spins of the atoms partially. This sequence was repeated many times, keeping the ions out of equilibrium. Due to the interaction of the spins, they settled into a stable pattern of repeated spin flipping, which is essentially what defines a crystal.

Meanwhile, the Harvard team, led by Mikhail Lukin, developed their time crystal using densely packed nitrogen vacancy centers found in diamonds.

“Such similar results achieved in two wildly disparate systems underscore that time crystals are a broad new phase of matter, not simply a curiosity relegated to small or narrowly specific systems,” wrote Phil Richerme of Indiana University in an article accompanying the research published in Physical Review Letters. “Observation of the discrete time crystal … confirms that symmetry breaking can occur in essentially all natural realms, and clears the way to several new avenues of research.”

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Clarifiying complex chemical processes with quantum computers
July 31, 2017 by Fabio Bergamin https://phys.org/news/2017-07-clarifiyi ... antum.html

Science and the IT industry have high hopes for quantum computing, but descriptions of possible applications tend to be vague. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now come up with a concrete example that demonstrates what quantum computers will actually be able to achieve in the future.
Specialists expect nothing less than a technological revolution from quantum computers, which they hope will soon allow them to solve problems that are currently too complex for classical supercomputers. Commonly discussed areas of application include data encryption and decryption, as well as special problems in the fields of physics, quantum chemistry and materials research.

A team of researchers led by ETH professors Markus Reiher and Matthias Troyer used simulations to demonstrate how a complex chemical reaction could be calculated with the help of a quantum computer. To accomplish this, the quantum computer must be of a "moderate size", says Matthias Troyer, who is Professor for Computational Physics at ETH Zurich and currently works for Microsoft. The mechanism of this reaction would be nearly impossible to assess with a classical supercomputer alone – especially if the results are to be sufficiently precise.

As demonstrated by the ETH researchers, hypothetical quantum computers with just 100 to 200 quantum bits (qubits) will potentially be able to compute complex subproblems within a few days. The results of these computations could then be used to determine the reaction mechanism of nitrogenase step by step.That quantum computers are capable of solving such challenging tasks at all is partially the result of the fact that they are structured differently to classical computers. Rather than requiring twice as many bits to assess each additional electron, quantum computers simply need one more qubit.

However, it remains to be seen when such "moderately large" quantum computers will be available. The currently existing experimental quantum computers use on the order of 20 rudimentary qubits respectively. It will take at least another five years, or more likely ten, before we have quantum computers with processors of more than 100 high quality qubits, estimates Reiher.

Researchers emphasise the fact that quantum computers cannot handle all tasks, so they will serve as a supplement to classical computers, rather than replacing them. "The future will be shaped by the interplay between classical computers and quantum computers," says Troyer.

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Post by Sterling Volunteer » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:19 pm

The question is, "Who will control the slaughterbots?"

As the race to the singularity quickens, the wealthy will use every means possible to control the non-elite masses.

There are those who think about the future and this is what they envision as seen in this sc-fi short film. The question I have is, who will control the technology, us or the wealthy elite? This fear filled film exemplifies why we must take control now. From, Best Singularity Club - Singularity Symposium, Must Watch: “Slaughterbots” Short by Stop Autonomous Weapons by Socrates on December 12, 2017 https://www.singularityweblog.com/slaughterbot/

In the referencing post I state,
Our capability to use pitchforks and torches to challenge these technologies with laws in our favor are quickly diminishing. We best wrest control of these new technologies from the hands of those who will want to manipulate and harm us while we still have the chance. Frankly we are the cavalry that needs to come to our own rescue.
This is not much different than the Kleptocrat Vladimir Putin's recent use of a nerve agent to silence his opponent. "It WAS Russia! FURIOUS British Prime Minister gives Putin a 24 hour DEADLINE." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfpayTufkyk

Of course, a nerve agent could be used instead of a 3 gm shaped charge to weaponize the slaughterbots in the future. A nerve agent would insure a more prolonged and tortuous death ensuring Putin's message is heard loud and clear. But beyond all this is the overriding reality that the wealthy elite will control not only the new autonomous technology but will also dominate the legal arena to keep an iron fist around the throats of those who oppose them.

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I concur with Doctor A; the creation of new laws surrounding the coming Singularity will favor the wealthy and create a disproportionate impact upon the poor with respect to human rights abuses. I base my agreement upon the three following points.

First, my agreement stems from the inability to create laws in real time; the crea...
I concur with Doctor A; the creation of new laws surrounding the coming Singularity will favor the wealthy and create a disproportionate impact upon the poor with respect to human rights abuses. I base my agreement upon the three following points.

First, my agreement stems from the inability to create laws in real time; the creation of new laws is built substantially upon past actions. For example, many of the world’s international laws regarding human rights today were derived from the Nuremberg trials in Germany in response to the actions of individuals who were accused of crimes during the Second World War. In the past, the time difference between the actions that took place and the judgments rendered with an eventual codification of these laws for future judicial usage occurred over many years. This time gap allowed abuses to continue. But now, as we sit on the precipice of the Singularity, our concepts of time will change as well as how an abuse gap can be perpetuated. With today's computerized legal technology, the time from discovery to judgment is diminishing. But in the near future, he amount of time from initial action to judicial reconciliation will yet decrease even more. But as Doctor A pointed out, there will be an absolute increase in the time needed for this reconciliation due to the overwhelming amount of technology being spewed out at an exponential accelerating rate. This is analogous in some way to a denial of service attack upon a computer system only this time it is an attack overwhelming the legal system. This time difference can and will most likely be exploited. Those who are in power at any point in time are more likely to have access to changing the laws in their favor. The adage, “to the victors go the spoils,” refers not only to the physical spoils but also to the conceptual such as the creation of new laws. Human rights abuse could easily manifest itself upon the weaker poor before there is a chance to enact new laws or even to change them.

Although it is unknown what the future Singularity will offer, my impression is the type of law technology needed to bring past actions to a codified set of laws in near real time would be created later rather than sooner with the possibility such a theoretical event could even be developed at all. Perhaps it would require new predictive techniques based upon the nascent field of quantum entangled physics. Regardless, most Physicists agree that time travel; either forward or backwards resembles a black box situation, with no realistic understanding of the workings involved to create such technology.

Still, there is the dicey possibility of setting laws into the future with blanket statements such as saying, “Robots are not allowed to harm humans.” But as time progresses closer towards the Singularity we would have to ask ourselves, “what is a robot and what is a human,” as the two concepts merge into one. This then becomes a risky and potentially dangerous proposition especially since the very concept of “harm” would itself most like change as well.

On another point, as noted in the Washington Times the day after the interview, the great thinker, linguist, philosopher, and activist, Noam Chomsky , recently told the BBC on May 10, 2017, that the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization “in human history.”

From such an esteemed source, this is monumental statement to say the least and presented itself in the following manner,
A wide-ranging interview with BBC’s “Newsnight” Wednesday between host Evan Davis and Mr. Chomsky soon turned to the Republican Party, which the author said is worse than the Islamic State terror group or those responsible for million...
Finally, and to the section addressing regulations and the creation of laws supporting those regulations in favor of the wealthy, Noam Chomsky’s new book is discussed by Moyers and Company on May 11th 2017. In his new book: Noam Chomsky , “Requiem for the American Dream,” reveals the Running Of The Regulators, with the following excerpt,
If you look over the history of regulation — railroad regulation, financial regulation and so on — you find that, quite commonly, it’s either initiated by the economic concentrations that are being regulated, or it’s supported by th...
As Moyers and Company points out,
[The book]is a primer in Chomsky’s analysis of the faults of the American political and economic system. Taking as its backbone the idea that “a significant part of the American Dream is class mobility: You’re born poor, you work hard...
Taken all together, the conservatives who are currently in power will have the opportunity to abuse the legal system in their favor now and even more so in the future. With shortened time frames between technological events, and with massive quantities of events, by the time we as an underclass figure out what is going on with individual and corporate actions, we will be severely injured by the elite. In the blink of an eye, and without technology capable of keeping up in the law profession relative to other arenas, a significant amount of damage can be done. When seen through Mr. Chomsky's view that the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in human history, and combined with their staunch allies like those corporations creating their own regulations through a process of, “regulation capture,” there is little wonder as to why we need to be fearful and take action now, not later.

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Post by Sterling Volunteer » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:12 am

Trump and the Republican Congress will do anything to maintain their conservative agenda. They are determined at all costs to control this agenda which in turn largely supports their control of the technological Singularity.


My quote from the referencing post clearly exemplifies this abusive concept by Cambridge Analytica's recent nefarious and Machiavellian use of Facebook data.

I wholeheartedly agree with Doctor A's post number 6 when he says,
Unfortunately, because the creation of new laws is mostly based upon past actions, it almost always lags behind technological developments. As we draw closer to the Singularity, this time differential between past actions and the creation of new laws may very well decrease due to new technology in the legal arena itself. But overall, in absolute terms, it will take more time to develop these laws. This is because the new laws will need to be developed in some ratio to the exponentially accelerating new technology being developed. One can envision a legal system not capable of keeping up with the dizzying array of new social implications needing regulation and control. Of course there will be technological developments in the legal arena itself to aid in the processing of this technological onslaught. But one can see a scenario where even the new legal technology will be overwhelmed at some point. With an absolute increase in time needed to process the new technology, forms of human rights abuse will multiply against those individuals least capable of defending themselves.
Here is an example of just such a scenario regarding the 2016 election where Cambridge Analytica abused the rights of individuals on Facebook to weaponize users data against them to manipulate the election. Obviously it will take a large amount of time to create new regulations to limit these actions, perhaps many years. In the mean time, the damage is already done and most likely will continue in some form until the regulations at a future date are set in place. It is hard to get the bull back into the barn once the barn door is left open.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/watch/ ... vp-BBKlJgx

Of course the wealthy elite will oppose such regulations with all of their might while they inflict pain and suffering to maintain their apex political position as a means to maintain their economic superiority. The little man and woman will surely suffer as new technology accelerates at an ever increasing pace while corrective legislative regulation languishes and cannot keep up.

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Trump and the Republican Congress will do anything to maintain their conservative agenda. They are determined at all costs to control this agenda which in turn largely supports their control of the technological Singularity.


My quote from the referencing post clearly exemplifie...
Trump and the Republican Congress will do anything to maintain their conservative agenda. They are determined at all costs to control this agenda which in turn largely supports their control of the technological Singularity....


My quote from the referencing post clearly exemplifies this abusive concept by Cambridge Analytica's recent nefarious and Machiavellian use of Facebook data.

I wholeheartedly agree with Doctor A's post number 6 when he says,
Unfortunately, because the creation of new laws is mostly based upon past actions, it almost always lags behind technological developments. As we draw closer to the Singularity, this time differential between past actions and the creation o...
Here is an example of just such a scenario regarding the 2016 election where Cambridge Analytica abused the rights of individuals on Facebook to weaponize users data against them to manipulate the election. Obviously it will take a large amount of time to create new regulations to limit these actions, perhaps many years. In the mean time, the damage is already done and most likely will continue in some form until the regulations at a future date are set in place. It is hard to get the bull back into the barn once the barn door is left open.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/watch/ ... vp-BBKlJgx

Of course the wealthy elite will oppose such regulations with all of their might while they inflict pain and suffering to maintain their apex political position as a means to maintain their economic superiority. The little man and woman will surely suffer as new technology accelerates at an ever increasing pace while corrective legislative regulation languishes and cannot keep up.

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Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Post by Jessica » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:47 pm

Here is the way, as expressed in the following video, that the Republicans used unethical and coercive means to win the election. They will stop at no immorality to maintain the privileged few in power and wealth.

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I wholeheartedly agree with Doctor A's post number 6 when he says,
Unfortunately, because the creation of new laws is mostly based upon past actions, it almost always lags behind technological developments. As we draw closer to the Singularity, this time differential between past actions and the creation of new laws may very well decrease due to new technology in the legal arena itself. But overall, in absolute terms, it will take more time to develop these laws. This is because the new laws will need to be developed in some ratio to the exponentially accelerating new technology being developed. One can envision a legal system not capable of keeping up with the dizzying array of new social implications needing regulation and control. Of course there will be technological developments in the legal arena itself to aid in the processing of this technological onslaught. But one can see a scenario where even the new legal technology will be overwhelmed at some point. With an absolute increase in time needed to process the new technology, forms of human rights abuse will multiply against those individuals least capable of defending themselves.
Here is an example of just such a scenario regarding the 2016 election where Cambridge Analytica abused the rights of individuals on Facebook to weaponize users data against themselves to manipulate the election. We may never know the impact this had on the election outcome but we do know it had some impact regarding Donald Trump being elected. Obviously it will take a large amount of time, perhaps even years, to create new regulations to limit these actions. In the mean time, the damage is already done. Those of the 99% will continue to suffer with the oppressive tax laws and judicial nominations that Trump has put in place. It is hard to get the bull back into the barn once the barn door is left open. Yet the real bull is that Trump still claims he was elected in a fair and honest election.

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From the conclusion of the above post,
Once they control the language they will control the laws, once they control the laws they will control the technology, and once they control the technology they will control us.
I offer a corollary to this in that not just words, but whole swaths of words in the form of concepts, can be manipulated to control us. Here we have just such a maneuver under the Trump regime,
Huffington Post
Leaked Memo: EPA Issues Approved Talking Points Downplaying Climate Change
By Alexander C. Kaufman, 03/28/18
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The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday evening sent employees a list of eight approved talking points on climate change from its Office of Public Affairs ― guidelines that promote a message of uncertainty about climate science and gloss over proposed cuts to key adaptation programs.
But beyond those benign statements acknowledging the threats climate change poses are talking points boiled down from the sort of climate misinformation EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has long trumpeted.

“Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner,” one point reads. “The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.”

The other states: “While there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do it about.”
The delivery of the talking points comes a week after Pruitt announced plans to restrict the agency’s use of science in writing environmental rules,
However, the author of this article is correct to point out,
The assertions made in the new EPA talking points are not rooted in science. Ninety-seven percent of peer-reviewed research agrees with the conclusion that emissions from burning fossil fuels, deforestation and industrial farming are enshrouding the planet in heat-trapping gases, and are the primary causes of rising planetary temperatures. A research review published in November 2016 found significant flaws in the methodologies, assumptions or analyses used by the 3 percent of scientists who concluded otherwise.
Moreover, if we tie this together with Jessica's post #10 from, "Why IS The Community Business Venture So Important?" written on 12-12-17, we see the dawning of a totalitarian state,
Here I present five signs of totalitarianism. The presence of any one of these offenses alone casts doubt about a leader’s commitments to democratic political leadership. When they occur together, however, they raise the alarm that we may be witnessing a derailment of a political experiment that has taken two and half centuries to refine.
Sign 3: Regime Suppresses Knowledge Producers. Purges of universities, media organizations, think tanks, nonpartisan government administrations, and research institutes are de rigeur under totalitarian regimes. Throughout his campaign, Trump continued to deny the role of human action in climate change, which was resonant with an earlier astounding claim that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China. One must think carefully about what it takes to offer such a conclusion. Essentially, a leader must have distrust bordering on disdain for scientists to act from the belief that a great many highly educated people in prestigious organizations simply do not know what they are talking about.
This hijacking of the narrative from a position of research based truth to one that that is diminished and soiled is a constant theme in the Trump administration. All of this is in the name of giving individuals and corporations economic advantages to become wealthier and stronger while they maintain their grip upon our collective necks. A totalitarian fortress, with thick walls built of dung and excrement, is difficult to dismantle with pitchforks and torches.

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Addendum: Do not be lulled into thinking the Trump administration does not gain traction by these actions. Just because you and Toto can see behind the curtain of the great Oz, does not mean others can. Here is the evidence to support this.

Independents Are Shifting To Climate Denial, According To The Latest Gallup Poll
HuffPost]Alexander C. Kaufman
March 28, 2018
Between 2017 and 2018, the percentage of independents who understand greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change fell 8 percentage points to 62 percent, while the share of those who believe the effects of global warming have already begun dipped 7 points to 60 percent.
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Sixty-five percent understand that most scientists believe global warming is occurring, down from 71 percent in 2017.
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FIRES 200 MILLION TIMES FASTER THAN THE HUMAN BRAIN

Talk about new technology driving the future, check this out from the Kurzweil news letter. Just the idea of this kind of mind speed is blowing out the cobwebs of my synaptic connections. Just the thought of trying to out think something in the future that is 200 million times f...
FIRES 200 MILLION TIMES FASTER THAN THE HUMAN BRAIN

Talk about new technology driving the future, check this out from the Kurzweil news letter. Just the idea of this kind of mind speed is blowing out the cobwebs of my synaptic connections. Just the thought of trying to out think something in the future that is 200 million times faster than my brain is making me dizzy.

Superconducting ‘synapse’ could enable powerful future neuromorphic supercomputers
February 7, 2018
Fires 200 million times faster than human brain, uses one ten-thousandth as much energy A superconducting “synapse” (switch) that “learns” like a biological system, operating like the human brain, has been built by researchers a...
I already know what everyone is going to say; it has to be accomplished at near Absolute Zero. But it was not that long ago when the first research started looking at entangling photon pairs at Absolute Zero and today they are entangling macro size objects, like diamonds, at room temperature.

Here is the articles text.

NIST’s artificial synapse, designed for neuromorphic computing, mimics the operation of switch between two neurons. One artificial synapse is located at the center of each X. This chip is 1 square centimeter in size. (The thick black vertical lines are electrical probes used for testing.) (credit: NIST)

A superconducting “synapse” that “learns” like a biological system, operating like the human brain, has been built by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The NIST switch, described in an open-access paper in Science Advances, provides a missing link for neuromorphic (brain-like) computers, according to the researchers. Such “non-von Neumann architecture” future computers could significantly speed up analysis and decision-making for applications such as self-driving cars and cancer diagnosis.

The research is supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Cryogenic Computing Complexity Program, which was launched in 2014 with the goal of paving the way to “a new generation of superconducting supercomputer development beyond the exascale.”*

A synapse is a connection or switch between two neurons, controlling transmission of signals. (credit: NIST)

NIST’s artificial synapse is a metallic cylinder 10 micrometers in diameter — about 10 times larger than a biological synapse. It simulates a real synapse by processing incoming electrical spikes (pulsed current from a neuron) and customizing spiking output signals. The more firing between cells (or processors), the stronger the connection. That process enables both biological and artificial synapses to maintain old circuits and create new ones.

Dramatically faster, lower-energy-required, compared to human synapses

But the NIST synapse has two unique features that the researchers say are superior to human synapses and to other artificial synapses:

Operating at 100 GHz, it can fire at a rate that is much faster than the human brain — 1 billion times per second, compared to a brain cell’s rate of about 50 times per second.
It uses only about one ten-thousandth as much energy as a human synapse. The spiking energy is less than 1 attojoule** — roughly equivalent to the miniscule chemical energy bonding two atoms in a molecule — compared to the roughly 10 femtojoules (10,000 attojoules) per synaptic event in the human brain. Current neuromorphic platforms are orders of magnitude less efficient than the human brain. “We don’t know of any other artificial synapse that uses less energy,” NIST physicist Mike Schneider said.

Superconducting devices mimicking brain cells and transmission lines have been developed, but until now, efficient synapses — a crucial piece — have been missing. The new Josephson junction-based artificial synapse would be used in neuromorphic computers made of superconducting components (which can transmit electricity without resistance), so they would be more efficient than designs based on semiconductors or software. Data would be transmitted, processed, and stored in units of magnetic flux.

The brain is especially powerful for tasks like image recognition because it processes data both in sequence and simultaneously and it stores memories in synapses all over the system. A conventional computer processes data only in sequence and stores memory in a separate unit.

The new NIST artificial synapses combine small size, superfast spiking signals, and low energy needs, and could be stacked into dense 3D circuits for creating large systems. They could provide a unique route to a far more complex and energy-efficient neuromorphic system than has been demonstrated with other technologies, according to the researchers.

Nature News does raise some concerns about the research, quoting neuromorphic-technology experts: “Millions of synapses would be necessary before a system based on the technology could be used for complex computing; it remains to be seen whether it will be possible to scale it to this level. … The synapses can only operate at temperatures close to absolute zero, and need to be cooled with liquid helium. That this might make the chips impractical for use in small devices, although a large data centre might be able to maintain them. … We don’t yet understand enough about the key properties of the [biological] synapse to know how to use them effectively.”

Inside a superconducting synapse

The NIST synapse is a customized Josephson junction***, long used in NIST voltage standards. These junctions are a sandwich of superconducting materials with an insulator as a filling. When an electrical current through the junction exceeds a level called the critical current, voltage spikes are produced.

Illustration showing the basic operation of NIST’s artificial synapse, based on a Josephson junction. Very weak electrical current pulses are used to control the number of nanoclusters (green) pointing in the same direction. Shown here: a “magnetically disordered state” (left) vs. “magnetically ordered state” (right). (credit: NIST)

Each artificial synapse uses standard niobium electrodes but has a unique filling made of nanoscale clusters (“nanoclusters”) of manganese in a silicon matrix. The nanoclusters — about 20,000 per square micrometer — act like tiny bar magnets with “spins” that can be oriented either randomly or in a coordinated manner. The number of nanoclusters pointing in the same direction can be controlled, which affects the superconducting properties of the junction.

Diagram of circuit used in the simulation. The blue and red areas represent pre- and post-synapse neurons, respectively. The X symbol represents the Josephson junction. (credit: Michael L. Schneider et al./Science Advances)

The synapse rests in a superconducting state, except when it’s activated by incoming current and starts producing voltage spikes. Researchers apply current pulses in a magnetic field to boost the magnetic ordering — that is, the number of nanoclusters pointing in the same direction.

This magnetic effect progressively reduces the critical current level, making it easier to create a normal conductor and produce voltage spikes. The critical current is the lowest when all the nanoclusters are aligned. The process is also reversible: Pulses are applied without a magnetic field to reduce the magnetic ordering and raise the critical current. This design, in which different inputs alter the spin alignment and resulting output signals, is similar to how the brain operates.

Synapse behavior can also be tuned by changing how the device is made and its operating temperature. By making the nanoclusters smaller, researchers can reduce the pulse energy needed to raise or lower the magnetic order of the device. Raising the operating temperature slightly from minus 271.15 degrees C (minus 456.07 degrees F) to minus 269.15 degrees C (minus 452.47 degrees F), for example, results in more and higher voltage spikes.

* Future exascale supercomputers would run at 1018 exaflops (“flops” = floating point operations per second) or more. The current fastest supercomputer — the Sunway TaihuLight — operates at about 0.1 exaflops; zettascale computers, the next step beyond exascale, would run 10,000 times faster than that.

** An attojoule is 10-18 joule, a unit of energy, and is one-thousandth of a femtojoule.

*** The Josephson effect is the phenomenon of supercurrent — i.e., a current that flows indefinitely long without any voltage applied — across a device known as a Josephson junction, which consists of two superconductors coupled by a weak link. — Wikipedia
Abstract of Ultralow power artificial synapses using nanotextured magnetic Josephson junctions

Neuromorphic computing promises to markedly improve the efficiency of certain computational tasks, such as perception and decision-making. Although software and specialized hardware implementations of neural networks have made tremendous accomplishments, both implementations are still many orders of magnitude less energy efficient than the human brain. We demonstrate a new form of artificial synapse based on dynamically reconfigurable superconducting Josephson junctions with magnetic nanoclusters in the barrier. The spiking energy per pulse varies with the magnetic configuration, but in our demonstration devices, the spiking energy is always less than 1 aJ. This compares very favorably with the roughly 10 fJ per synaptic event in the human brain. Each artificial synapse is composed of a Si barrier containing Mn nanoclusters with superconducting Nb electrodes. The critical current of each synapse junction, which is analogous to the synaptic weight, can be tuned using input voltage spikes that change the spin alignment of Mn nanoclusters. We demonstrate synaptic weight training with electrical pulses as small as 3 aJ. Further, the Josephson plasma frequencies of the devices, which determine the dynamical time scales, all exceed 100 GHz. These new artificial synapses provide a significant step toward a neuromorphic platform that is faster, more energy-efficient, and thus can attain far greater complexity than has been demonstrated with other technologies.
References:

M.L. Schneider, C.A. Donnelly, S.E. Russek, B. Baek, M.R. Pufall, P.F. Hopkins, P.D. Dresselhaus, S. P. Benz and W.H. Rippard. Ultra-low power artificial synapses using nano-textured magnetic Josephson junctions. Science Advances, 2018 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701329

Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Post by Sterling Volunteer » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:28 pm

Superconducting synapse could enable powerful future neuromorphic supercomputers
February 7, 2018

Fires 200 million times faster than human brain, uses one ten-thousandth as much energy
A superconducting synapse (switch) that learns like a biological system, operating like the human brain, has been built by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

I already know what everyone is going to say; it has to be accomplished at near Absolute Zero. But it was not that long ago when the first research started looking at entangling photon pairs at Absolute Zero and today they are entangling macro size objects, like diamonds, at room temperature.
Where do we go from here now that we have the the first building blocks for artificial super intelligence? But first, we need to understand what this super intelligence is all about compared to other forms of artificial intelligence.

From Bryant Archway
The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Singularity Theory-Where do we Stand?
March 8, 2018 1525
By Evan Butler https://bryantarchway.com/the-future-of ... -we-stand/
There are three types of AI; Artificial Narrow Intelligence, which specializes in one area like playing chess. Two, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), which can do almost anything intellectually that a human could do. AGI can think about a whole spectrum of different ideas on different depths, and plan just like a human. AGI is not reality yet, but will be soon. Three, Artificial Super Intelligence, (ASI). ASI is millions or billions of times more intelligent than all of humanity and will open one of two doors, extinction or immortality. ASI is self teaching and makes improvements to itself that will grow more complex exponentially. Instead of learning functions or ideas like the previous types of AI, ASIs algorithms program it to learn. Between one and ten years after ASIs creation, it will be as smart as a human. An hour after that ASI will be 100x smarter than a human.
Scientist Ray Kurzweil says that Its stupid to think that humans could control something millions of times smarter than them.
Sam Harris illustrates another point to illuminate the power of Super AI, and Sam Harris believes that two things are true; 1) Super AI is inevitable and necessary to solving world problems, and 2) we better figure out how to control it before it becomes smarter than us.
How do we create ASI without signing humanities death warrant? Philosopher Nick Bostrom says,we need to create AI that learns our values and is motivated to carry out things humans would approve of. When thinking of how to control ASI, think about chimps, why haven't chimps taken over the world? This is because we are more intelligent and plan around them. The same is true for controlling ASI; if a chimp gets rowdy, its keeper may feed it a banana laced with sedatives. Bostrom believes the same is true for ASI, he says, maybe the technology it gives us to solve the world's energy crisis is really a biochemical agent that will exterminate all humans. Its hard to outsmart an optimizing information processing machine that is a billion times smarter than you. One thing is certain, Super AI will be humanity's last invention, for better or for worse.
It is obvious we need a way to control this now rather than later. From my post #8, I present,
Taken all together, the conservatives who are currently in power will have the opportunity to abuse the legal system in their favor now and even more so in the future. With shortened time frames between technological events, and with massive quantities of events, by the time we as an underclass figure out what is going on with individual and corporate actions, we will be severely injured by the elite. In the blink of an eye, and without technology capable of keeping up in the law profession relative to other arenas, a significant amount of damage can be done. When seen through Mr. Chomsky's view that the Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in human history, and combined with their staunch allies like those corporations creating their own regulations through a process of, regulation capture, there is little wonder as to why we need to be fearful and take action now, not later.
Doctor A in his post #6 under, The Community Business Venture (A GENERAL OVERVIEW DISCUSSION), with the topic, Why IS The Community Business Venture So Important?, poses the following critical question.
Time is of the essence but in a manner previously never thought of before. This is due to technology's ever-accelerating rate of growth in conjunction with the rapidly deteriorating political process careening toward conservatism. The merging of these two events leads us to the most important question of our modern time: "Who will control the Singularity?"
He also goes on to say,
Yes, time is of the essence because waiting and inaction will distort our judgment of the Singularity's appearance; it is an appearance happening much sooner and more sophisticated than our minds will be able to handle. Who among us has not lost track of time many times during the day. Time is a mental construct used to make sense of movement. It is a constant battle for our minds to continually track the movement of time. In those vulnerable periods of disorientation and confusion we are susceptible to time ambushing our sensibilities and rational thoughts. Like a predator stalking its prey, we will be had.

Let there be no doubt, the single most important aspect we are really battling for here is to control the future, our future, for the good of the whole. Will we control it or let the wealthy elite control our destiny? Make no mistake; what happens here will determine the outcome of humanity. Whoever controls the Singularity will control the future;will it be us or them?

A Trump presidency now tips the scale in the direction of a conservative ideological domination with the wealthy elites determined at all costs to control the technological Singularity. This is why your ideas and solutions are so important now, not later. In Singularity time, later is always too late. It is a now-or-never moment with the outcome of humanity hanging in the balance. Clearly, the FirstRateCrowd community business venture gives us a means to tip the scale back in our direction.
Every revolution has a spark, a defining moment for change. I believe FirstRateCrowd can be the spark for this type of benevolent revolution here and now. The gravity of our situation warrants your immediate attention and action. We all need to join together to solve this problem. Not doing so would be a grave disservice to us all.
Doctor A continues to say in his post #6,
If our brains are left un-augmented, that is to say, without a means to merge our brains with our computers, then our minds will not have the capacity to adapt to future events quickly enough—we are designed for slow evolutionary growth, not for exponentially accelerating growth. Our perception of time will become distorted because our DNA apparatus, built slowly over millions of years to adapt to slower processes, will fail us. Combine this failure of time adaptation with the emergence of a new dominance of the political right, and we have the conditions for a nationally as well as a globally catastrophic event. Like a digital asteroid, an amalgamation of zeros and ones, it hurtles toward us—targeting the untimely demise of the 99%. Whereas before we had declared our ending was "Not with a bang but a whimper," soon there will not even be time to sob. It will only be by a political shift now to a more compassionate liberal philosophy that the 99% avoids annihilation. This in some measure will create the likelihood of enjoying any positive outcomes made possible by the Singularity.

Can you feel your mind's inertia scoffing at this idea? That is a mind predicated upon a slow evolutionary process. To quote Herbert Spencer—an English philosopher of the latter half of the nineteenth century who coined the expression "survival of the fittest" after reading Charles Darwin—"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation." Most individuals who have overcome their own contempt or apathy through the investigative process regarding the Singularity have reached the same conclusion: this is not an exaggerated or farfetched idea. Rather, it has become the gold standard for thinking about the future.
Everyone needs to decide for themselves and come to terms with a future operating at great speeds the likes of which we cannot understand or even possibly imagine. A revolutionary spark is needed now to control this problem.

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