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Will the humanity be better off with or without the passing of singularity?
This depends on a lot of things. For one, it depends on your definition of "better." Some people say that "better off" includes things like better physical health, more material wealth, and more education. [ However others think that the unnatural environment necessary to produce these things is actually quite unhealthy, resulting in a decrease to our quality of life due to anxiety, depression, and overindulgence. Some even think that the invention of agriculture was the worst thing that ever happened to humanity, rather than the best, for a variety of reasons. The other problem is that we
don't actually know what the singularity will entail. In fact, that's part of its very definition; the singularity will occur when technology has changed our lifestyles so much that previous logic and paradigms for making predictions don't work anymore. We don't know what it will be like. I tend to think (hope) that things post-singularity will be better. The way things are going now implies a future of better communication, higher self-awareness, and greater economic prosperity in many areas. But, these things could have a variety of hidden costs. More equal and educated societies are more complicated, and may take a toll on our brains and emotions. More technology empowers people- to do good, or bad, as they choose. And there's definitely a struggle going on between a more equal distribution of wealth and the ruling elite who want to keep everyone else down in politics today- and we don't yet know which way that will come out. Sometimes I wonder if we are already in the midst of a singularity. The Internet and social networking have, in some cases, fundamentally changed the ways that societies work. They have made it possible for individuals across the world to communicate with each other, made it possible for massive groups of people to make decisions and coordinate their movements in real time, made it almost impossible for governments to control the flow of information. These changes are exactly what one would expect to see in a singularity. ]
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