Message no. 176[Branch from no. 174] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 9:21pm Subject: Convergence: The Singularity Hypothesis
What a fascinating look at how virtual reality and veterinary (and human) medicine are converging Dawn. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and links!
Now we come to the topic that makes the comparison of "real life" vs. "virtual life" almost moot: The Singularity Hypothesis. I refer you to two websites about it:
Wikipedia of course:
and Vernor Vinge's 1993 article presented at the VISION-21 Symposium sponsored by NASA.
The Singuarlity Hypothesis is based on the following graph:
It basically says that all technologies and activities are converging, becoming ONE, integrating.
Thus we see Apple introducing a cell phone this year that is also a computer and an MP3 player and video player and organizer and... and.... this is only the beginning. The singularity hypothesis suggests that, yes, computer and video games and hospital surgical trainings will use the same technology, and both veterinary and human medicine will use it in the same way, and psychology and physics and art and music and business will be taught in the same course and...
The idea is very much in alignment with "The New Physics" that blends Eastern mysticism and hard science (Read Fritjof Capra's "The Tao of Physics" or "The Dancing Wu-Li Masters" or "The Turning Point" or rent the William Hurt films "Mindwalk" and "Altered States". You'll see what I mean.
Here's a joke for you related to the Singularity hypothesis:
A buddhist walks up to a hot dog vendor and asks, "Can you make me one with everything?"