Thank you very much! I had the misfortune of coming across some writings about AI from some hardcore "Singularitarians" right after finding that Wired article (specifically some stuff about Ray Kurzweil) and it triggered my BS overflow gag reflex until I just had to write something about it. I am in no way a mind/body dualist and don't buy into quantum consciousness woo or any kind of spirit or soul, but there is a whole lot more to the mind and consciousness than processing power and it's something that software alone could never be made to emulate. The "hardware" structure of the brain and body as a whole is what makes it possible.
For some good reading on the subject, check this out:
SingularityA singularity, as most commonly used, is a point at which expected rules break down. The term comes from mathematics, where a point on an otherwise continuous slope is of undefined or infinite value; such a point is known as a singularity.rationalwiki.org
And I will make sure to check those books ! I've heard of Lem, of course, but never gotten around to reading any of his work. I will definitely work on correcting that mistake!
Well I read just yesterday of some scientist of the "quantum fraction" who postulated that several dependencies in quantum mechanics makes him believe that there are parallel universes and also he stated that in his opinion there was no big bang but the universe is ever there infinite and a place where time may run forward and back (no deeper explanations in the article).
Deriving from logic and experience I on contraire believe that there is some singularity who caused the big bang out of the nothing. My view on that is a bit difficult to understand since close to the time 0 physical laws did not yet apply according to widely accepted theories:
Imagine the nothing, the absolute "nothing" and even time as a physical parameter does not exist. Still from statistics we know that there is no such thing as a probability of zero.
So if you got the nothing for an "eternity of time" then the probability that something like the big bang could happen becomes 1 since you "wait so long". (Especially when the singularity said let there be light).
I think that basically the singularity/god is the like base wave of the universe, a wave with infinite wavelength, causing an impulse answer of infinite energy and time of zero (the big bang). Everything else, all matter, energy and life is just harmonics.