Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Sea Org versus the Singularity


The Sea Org is all about the promise of transcendence. By its very existence, it claims that this promise has already been achieved - but there is always a but: Something as valuable as the ultimate release the Sea Org claims to deliver should naturally be expected to have a very high price. That price is the lifelong labor demanded of almost all Sea Org members. They will be reimbursed for their tireless efforts after they die, at the end of this or a future lifetime. Until then they they are expected to pay the bill for this service in advance.

A similar "star high" promise is sometimes felt by fans and believers of the upcoming Technological Singularity. But here there is no promise of a guaranteed solution, or the solution being what we would want it to be now. When you see how bad computers are today, how often they freeze and crash and just don't work, you have to worry about any technology invented by creatures as indifferent and often evil as humans. There are dangers we can't fathom yet.

And that is what my ongoing novel is about:
* Singularity Soon

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