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well whadduya know
Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Yeah,. for the last 5 years I have felt it,.
Originally posted by FoxfilesMulder
Does anybody else out there just get a crazy feeling something bad is about to happen in this world?
Its like the world is under attack by means unknown and each one of these random attacks is for the sole purpose of trying to kickstart a major catastrophe.
The world can only take so much of a beating before it cant recover in time for another kick in the teeth.
I'm not taking into account any prophecy or related hype, but I'm just being aware of my surroundings and this gloomy feeling I get when thinking about the near future ahead.
I read this article recently also, its nothing new but food for thought none the less.
Something is about to change people!
the universe certainly has something up,.
I think the Packers are gonna go back to the superbowl
Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by Jedimind
I doubt it is exponential. I could see it being a power function, but not exponential. A power function makes much more sense. If there is more information and more wealth and more technology and more people to do the research, then more is found. The problem is that there are always limits. What can start out as apparently a power function turns out not to be one in the long run. Resources such as time, money, material, etc. dampen the curve. A good example is a biological population. The growth is dampened by the effects of limited space, disease, predation, food, and other issues.
The claims of some singularity are simply made in spite of reality.
The singularity is sort of the polar opposite of the crash idea, which has an exponential (or some superlinear) curve reach a "threshold point" and then drop to near-zero (in human terms a catastrophe that wipes out most human life).
I never really thought of it that way; I had always seen the singularity as some far-out idea that doesn't relate to anybody else's speculations. But actually you could place it at the "optimistic" pole of a spectrum, which has the big catastrophe at the "pessimistic" end.
Personally I lean toward the pessimistic. Humans aren't mature enough for advanced technology, and we're going to learn that the hard way real soon.
Originally posted by Jedimind
reply to post by stereologist
If you were to place all the major technological advances according to their relative level of advancement on a graph over the duration of mankind's history here on earth, it would be pretty clear that the speed of technological advancement is exponential and not linear. Ray Kurzweil actually does just that in the beginning of his book about the coming Singularity.
I think that any reasonable assessment would show that relatively, we now in 2011 will see much greater technological advancement from now until 2021 than people saw from 1950 to 1960 for example. We are all standing on our predecessors shoulders so to speak so the people/researchers/scientists,etc. of tomorrow will always be at an advantage than those of yesterday. All the information and advancements are cumulative.
Many of our ancestors discuss 2012 in ancient scriptures and my guess is they are right.
The polar shift is happening as we speak.
Sometime in the future tech advance will be so swift that before the product leaves the factory it'll already be the out of date model.