David Brin believes that we are likely en route to a Singularity, but that its exact nature cannot be known. He also doesn't believe that such an event is inevitable. In his article, “Singularities and Nightmares: Extremes of Optimism and Pessimism About the Human Future,” Brin posits four different possibilities for human civilization later this century:
- Positive Singularity
- Negative Singularity
- Retreat (i.e. neo-Luddism)
Stay tuned for David's elaboration on these and other points.