|A really scary thought occurred to me this week. First there was the news report I read regarding the “Singularitarians” movement that believe in a moment known as “The Singularity” at which point a human created Artificial Intelligence (AI) would become more intelligent than the human creator (some say this could happen as soon as 2030). Then, I pondered the news of ever increasing doom and gloom in the international money markets and noted that the thing everyone is afraid of is what the “Markets” think. Now, if these “Markets” depend on automated trading, computer models and networks etc as well as hundreds and thousands of individuals, “The Markets” could be considered at best a “hive mind”, or maybe even a hybrid or Artificial Intelligence.
Could we have already passed the “Sigularity” and already be the unwitting subjects of a global all-powerful AI, not a single identifiable entity, like a computer that could be switched off, but a network of networks human and computer operating at a much higher and independent level? Regardless of this I dont think “The Markets” are our friends, they have no humanity, no compassion and they are certainly not God-fearing. Maybe it will take a global financial mealt-down to vanquish this beast. I hope not, but lets pray that sense will prevail and people, with all their flaws remain in charge.