The Singularity is not shiny happy wish fulfillment, it is the coming wave which you can either surf or be drowned by.
A lot of people are going to be drowned, a lot of people will refuse to adapt, and we will think of them the same way we think of rednecks or other non-technological rural folks. Depending on society's willingness to build boats and surfboards (as opposed to denying the coming wave) a lot more people may be overwhelmed.
"If the singularitarian seems unreasonable, it's because the singularitarian is really a mystic who only looks like a rationalist because he started out with a rationalist philosophical structure, ran with that structure into the future and saw the ineffable."
Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.
Their concern is that further advances could create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences.
“We have the encyclopedists trying to write everything down. We have people like John Wilkins trying to create an analytical language for thought. We have philosophers and scientists hoping to find a universal theory of the world. But all these attempts founder on the vastness and the subdivisibility of the tasks.”
“Before Newton, nobody had the notion of trying to compute the truth. They always thought in terms of reasoning things out like a human would do. But the point isn’t to emulate a human being. The point is to find an answer."
An international team of scientists in Europe has created a silicon chip designed to function like a human brain. With 200,000 neurons linked up by 50 million synaptic connections, the chip is able to mimic the brain's ability to learn more closely than any other machine.
Although the chip has a fraction of the number of neurons or connections found in a brain, its design allows it to be scaled up, says Karlheinz Meier, a physicist at Heidelberg University, in Germany, who has coordinated the Fast Analog Computing with Emergent Transient States project, or FACETS.