Changing Reality

For your consideration, should you have 20 minutes to spare to think about consciousness and the singularity: Reality 3.0

I’ll summarize for the lazier readers: Paul Hughes is making an argument that our accelerating intelligence and technology will bring us to significantly altered states of reality. all sensory information is an interpretation of the external world, so altering that interpretation wouldn’t really be departing from reality, it would be simply changing reality, the way that things are experienced. As we are now our interpretation of the universe is very limited, but in the future, Hughes argues, our sensors will be distributed across the universe, we will be able to chose how we feel the information from these sense organs, and we will not be limited to the 5 or so senses we have now.

One cool thing the author mentions is that we will likely have the computational power to simulate the earth in its entirety, including all of us and our brains, by 2060 (assuming Moore’s law holds steady which some might say is not the case). Hughes muses that we will quickly create a simulated star wars galaxy which we can enter and explore, an exciting proposition and only a small part of what is possible with that kind of computational capability.

My favorite part of the essay:

Imagine the possibility of having ‘sexual’ and fully orgasmic experiences while our external exploratory probes map the unique topography of a new planet? I can’t think of a better way to discover the unique nuances of a new geology as one would a new lover.

And honestly I agree. what we could have ahead of us is nothing less than ecstatic, orgasmic exploration of the universe, for billions and billions of years. This is of course a ridiculous idea, many might laugh at the proposition, but I really think it’s going to be a lot less fun sitting back on earth making fun of the universe for having sex with itself than joining in the fun.



About Prometheus

I write about the coming technological singularity and its implications for our sense of identity, individuality, meaning, and existence. I argue that the most significant aspect of the singularity is the convergence of our consciousnesses into one superconsciousness, and that we should be very happy about this.

Posted on October 9, 2012, in Consciousness, Existence, Technological Singularity and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Enjoying the recent posts! Its strange just today I’ve heard ‘reality changers’ ‘hyper reality’ and now ‘changing reality’ mentioned on the internet/ in conversation.
    If the future does happen as portrayed in the post then I feel most would be ready to embrace it.

  2. Reality, as we perceive it, is nothing more than a contingent mental representation of abstract caustion generated by causal mechanisms that were selected by evolution. (We currently represent this causal nexus to our conciousness as our “brain,” but there is no such thing in absolute terms.) Reality itself has no particular preferenced mode of respresentation. Still, there is great wisdom is evolution’s unpredictable ways and we should be careful and slow in our depature from its template. Our representations were slected for a reason…they helped us survive and prosper. If we are wise, the singularity will allow us to discover the maximally positive perceptual modalities for representing the data stream we call reality. But, when this happens, any mooring we have with our current value/representation structure will fall away blindingly fast. Science and philosophy will be OVER as experimentation and conceptual modeling will give way to direct representation in mind. Ultimately, it will be the beatific vision of religious myth, where all truth is simply BEHELD in conciousness. And this is the end.

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