When I was younger, back in high school no less, I read Hans Moravec. Mind Children, an amazing book.
Verner Vinge, the Singularity. I’m there. The technological trends are there. Teilhard de Chardin, the noosphere. Got it. Human knowledge will become so massive, technology will be able to create minds better than ours, the next step in evolution will be as different from us as we are from Australopithecines.
By the way, I spelled “Australopithecine” correctly without having to look. Because I’m just that good.
The point is, I’ve realized what will inhibit the Singularity.
Or rather, the ability of search engines to keep people from the things they want to know. Because they don’t know how to phrase it.
Or, worse, the ability of search engines to give people exactly what they want. Despite their spelling being for shit.
I always thought “alien pitchers” was bad. No, they’re not asking about Saavik, ace of the Starfleet Academy pitching staff.
Today, I saw something so mind-bogglingly stupid that… well, the mind boggles.
I’m now convinced that the Singularity won’t happen, and all because of Google.
Because it encourages stupidity. Not intelligence.