The Singularity Is “Complicated”

Dr Stuart Woolley
Predict
Published in
7 min readNov 10, 2021

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And, did H P Lovecraft have an inkling as to how it may come about?

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Calm Islands of Promise in a Tumultuous Sea

It’s been some time since I dipped my toes into the fascinating endeavour that is the Wolfram Physics Project and its equally captivating core tenet that underlying all of reality is a rapidly rewriting hypergraph, its evolution based on what may be a comparatively simple basic set of rules.

My other pet passion, since I have few interests outside of computing to be honest¹, is my equal and every growing fascination with the idea of a Technological Singularity (henceforth I’ll refer to it as just the Singularity primarily to save my fingers) and how (I feel) its inevitably occurrence will suddenly change practically everything around us².

Let’s weave these two at first disjoint systems together with a pinch of higher dimensions, a large cup full computational complexity, and a generous sprinkling of the Cthulhu Mythos to spice things up a bit.

It’s a bit of a journey, but if you like mathematics and can suspend reality for a short time, you can have as much fun reading as I did writing.

After all, where can you get without imagination and a smile?

From Complexity, Consciousness!

I do hold the belief that consciousness itself arises as a consequence of complexity. That being, should a system become sufficiently complex, in some manner, than a degree of consciousness will inevitably and unavoidably arise according to some abstract measure of the complexity involved.

A specific example that springs to mind³, as they’re quite common on Earth if not around government or management driven enterprises, is the human brain. It is something that still remains firmly outside of current scientific understanding, at least for the moment, but many projects are currently planned or indeed underway in order to remedy the situation.

Each project approaches the problem in a different way, from building up primitive systems of computation to higher and higher levels of complexity, those which endeavour to copy the whole brain en masse and hope it leaps into consciousness on initial boot, to those…

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Dr Stuart Woolley
Predict

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.