4 Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity

A Peek Inside Kurzweil’s Book

I will by no means go through Kurzweil’s 431 pages with a fine tooth comb, but I will pick and analyze some highlights, without taking anything out of context. It’s a book rich with ideas, predictions, but also with solid evidence of the progress of AI and the Singularity, which he envisions being the only logical future for mankind. During the interview that I quoted and commented on in the previous section, when asked if we should stop the progress of the Singularity because of potential severe dangers, he replies that it’s too late now, so we just need to advance our technology to a point when the Singularity is a reality, and all threats from bioterrorists and other downsides will be resolved once and for all.

Let us begin this section with presenting the goals of the Singularity from different angles, so we really understand what these forces want. Ray Kurzweil used the following quote in his book as a beginning of the section he also calls The Singularity is Near…

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an "intelligence explosion," and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make. —IRVING JOHN GOOD, "SPECULATIONS CONCERNING THE FIRST ULTRAINTELLIGENT MACHINE" 1965 [Raymond Kurzweil The Singularity is Near, 2005, p. 32, op. cit. (e-book version).]

…and immediately before that same section, Kurzweil predicts [emphasis added in italic and bold],

We currently understand the speed of light as a bounding factor on the transfer of information. Circumventing this limit has to be regarded as highly speculative, but there are hints that this constraint may be able to be superseded. 15 If there are even subtle deviations, we will ultimately harness this superluminal ability. Whether our civilization infuses the rest of the universe with its creativity and intelligence quickly or slowly depends on its immutability. In any event the "dumb" matter and mechanisms of the universe will be transformed into exquisitely sublime forms of intelligence, which will constitute the sixth epoch in the evolution of patterns of information. This is the ultimate destiny of the Singularity and of the universe [The Singularity is Near, p. 32, op. cit.].

This seems to be right to the point. Most of the time, when Kurzweil talks or writes about the Singularity, he mentions that its goal is to merge man and machine to create a super-intelligent form of human; a cyborg, connected to the Super Brain Computer. In his book, however, he takes the Singularity even further, and he actually writes, albeit in an indirect way (but it’s easy to read between the lines) that humanity’s destiny is to conquer the Universe and fill it with our “superior intelligence.”

Not only is this concept extremely arrogant, but also ignorant (possibly deliberately so) because it assumes that humanity is the only intelligent life form in the Universe, as I brought up earlier. From what I know, he has not said straight out that he believes we are (he may want to keep the door cracked open), but he is intuiting it repeatedly, and sometimes he contradicts himself, which I will show you in a moment.

It wouldn’t matter, however, if we were the only intelligent species in the Universe; Kurzweil would still see it as our alchemical ultimate destiny to rule the Universe and to be as God; in other words, he and his masters are building a new Tower of Babel—history repeating itself. For him, it would ultimately be inevitable. Because he is relying on that when the Singularity is here and just not near, our IQ as a hybrid species will increase a billion-fold, if not a trillion-fold, and this will safeguard our superiority over any other species in the Universe, which is still arrogant.

In the Wes Penre Papers, I wrote that I highly suspected that Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) was another front man for the AIF. If this were the case, could his “translations” of the old Sumerian scriptures (presenting the Tree of Life being related to the AIF and their longevity and immortality) be intended to function as a carrot for his readers; preparing them for the near future, i.e. merging man and machine into a singularity? Were we to be so intrigued by the immortality of the gods that the subconscious mind would absorb this desire like a sponge, so that when Kurzweil and others began their exposé, Sitchin’s readers would respond positively to the Movement? We can only speculate, but Sitchin’s work is certainly part of the entire Overlord agenda. Sitchin certainly took great liberties, when he translated the Sumerian and Babylonian texts, and he presented them in a way, that probably made the gods very happy.

Fig. 4-1: Zecharia Sitchin

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