Technowize May 2017
Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and the most successful venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, plans to live to be 120. Dmitry Itskov, the “godfather” of the Russian Internet, says his goal is to live to 10,000; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wants to someday “cure death,” and Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, has called mortality “incomprehensible.”
The key thing about mortality is that its approach to a given question always seems, and on all levels, perfectly logical. To take our current example, the argument about AI posing an existential threat to humanity, in most meaningful respects is, quite compelling. If and when we develop human-level artificial intelligence, it’s only a matter of time until this AI gives rise to smart iterations of itself whose intelligence is far superior to our own as our intelligence is currently to that of animal species on the planet.
The most logical route, is to end up wiping death itself. This dimension is faintly visible in the techno-millenarianism of the Singularity: a point in the future at which human beings will irrevocably merge with technology, to become uploaded minds, incorporeal beings of pure thought. This particular strain of technological Singularity could be glimpsed in our Coverstory:thegoldenageofpillrobots. Plungein!