“TechSin” brings troubling problems humanity isn’t prepared to deal with.

Why We Should Fear the Technological Singularity

Namely AI brings a trajectory beyond human regulation.

Michael K. Spencer
Feb 14 · 3 min read

What if artificial intelligence evolved faster than our ability to regulate it? Here’s the part where I tip my hat to deep learning and the radical rate at which NLP is transforming consumer interactions with AI.

Beijing is home to 10 major AI labs driving an AI arms race whose outcome might be dangerous, we just don’t know yet.

Weaponization of social platforms and erosion of privacy

The intersection of algorithms and regulation already paints a picture where profits trump ethics in a world of weaponized platforms and tech tycoons out of touch with the damage their “inventions” are causing.

Pre-Singularity dangers

The Singularity is a time when AI evolves past humanity, and our inability to regulate machine learning today in 2019 already points to a world where the Singularity will be possible in the 21st century.

AI-Arms race has very real dangers in cybersecurity Wild-wild West

Even China is worried an AI-arms race could lead to “accidental” war. This is because cyberpunk isn’t just a genre of science fiction anymore, there’s a new method to the madness of cavalier norms of cyberwarfare. State sponsored cyberhacking units are like a military science that every nation now employs.

Automation & Surveillance Internets

As humanity stands on the brink of a technology triggered period of job automation that will impact retail, transportation, finance, service jobs and even healthcare virtually at the same time, the danger of AI being used for surveillance, control and a predictive analytics of everything shows a dark underbelly to the use of technology in the 21st century.

Mysterious algorithms that can harm you

The intricacy, all encompassing scale, scope and complexity of the impact of intelligence evolution in machines is unlike anything humankind has experienced before and it’s becoming abundantly clear we don’t know how it works and we don’t know how to regulate it.

Human AI Symbiosis Problem

In the 21st century AI becomes more implicated in human systems: think about it, from our buying decisions, to our health to how we manage our money. From our research and development, concept to commercialization and our entire business cycle. From our politics to governance, socialization to capitalism, education to training, production to markets, survival to security will be no longer human, but human-AI symbiosis.

The Dawning of an AI-centric World

Mobile addiction alone shows how radically our reliance on technology can alter our behavior and our socialization in the real-world. What people don’t realize is we’ll soon be more reliant on artificial intelligence, than each other. You’d have to be a pretty perverse sociologist or lunatic science fiction writer to realize the consequences of this in the decades to come.

Deep Learning of a Superior State

Irrespective of whether we believe that the singularity will happen or not, our world is being warped in a very short time by the on-set of artificial intelligence and a growing neural network of machine learning that will eventually be responsive, able to learn and slowly able to generalize function with context, surveillance with human emotion, behavior with predictive analytics.

The Problem of Capitalism and Nationalism in AI Disruption

The term “artificial intelligence” was only just coined about 60 years ago, just imagine what it might become in the next 60 years? As countries scramble to reap the benefits of artificial intelligence in various domains, including the military and business, the “fight” to dominate and the race for supremacy will force corporations and countries to skip safeguards and cut corners on how artificial intelligence should manifest. In 2019, we are already seeing this occur.

While there is no way to calculate just how and when a truly artificial general intelligence (AGI) might manifest, the “singularity” isn’t just that point of exponential increase of AI’s control over us, it’s our inability to regulate even our first steps towards it and how this might cause harm to all of humanity in the process.


Futurism articles bent on cultivating an awareness of exponential technologies while exploring the 4th industrial revolution.

Michael K. Spencer

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Blockchain Mark Consultant, tech Futurist, a prolific writer. Always writing. 🌞 DM me on Twitter for quotes: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkspencer/



Futurism articles bent on cultivating an awareness of exponential technologies while exploring the 4th industrial revolution.

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