The very concept of singularity is irrelevant. It is a purely ideological dystopic dramatization.

And there you have a point.

It all started when human intelligence produced a change in the development of human competence and performance were multiplied by the invention of new tools using new energy (steam) attached to old mechanical means that produced circular movement that could then work machines that replaced humans and multiplied their productivity (basically the old water mill wheel and lantern gear).

But the main idea is that our species is able to adapt to such drastic changes, adapt both to the required mental improvement and to the required physical development because of this particular extension of our body and mind. MacLuhan said it all a long time ago before the Internet and what he said is just amplified by the Internet: our mental competence and our physical performance will change and follow the development of the machines WE invent and program and control.

And that’s the point: if we keep control of these machines, AI or not, the singularity is a myth, a dystopic, commercially inspired ideology and nothing else: the rewriting of the apocalypse so many have thought about before and after Jesus Christ. We need that dystopia to dream the nightmare that might move us out of routines and humdrum conservatism. So long live the singularity till the cosmos part us from life, earth, and survival.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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