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So I get these email updates, alerts I have subscribed to via Google, for quantum physics and artificial intelligence. It makes it easier for me to keep up with all the latest advancements, and I let their algorithms do the work of scouring the internet for me. One of the funny things about the stuff that comes out on AI is the disparity in people’s thoughts, even experts, about it. Some say we are on the verge of the “singularity,” a moment in time when artificial intelligence will reach the level of thought capability of a human being. Other experts think we are still decades away, and some doubt that it will ever happen.

Me, I am a software developer myself, so I like to imagine that I have a little more familiarity with all that stuff (even though in reality, that’s pretty questionable). What do I think? I think it is definitely going to happen via an “intelligence explosion” – and I think it is going to happen fairly soon actually. In fact, my little conspiracy theory is that it has already been achieved, and “they” are keeping it under wraps, trying to prepare us all for the big reveal.

And it’s funny how reality has a way of boosting my conspiracy theory every now and then. Like today – this article comes out about Samsung revealing an AI that “will make you wonder which one of you is real.” Of course it remains to be seen just how “real” it is, but still – the fact that they are even making this claim seems to portend that great progress is being made.

Of course it’s hard to think about this stuff too much when working a regular 40 hour a week job. I, like everyone else, have dreams about winning the lottery so I can take the time I would need to write my book and begin my full-time job of bringing awareness to the masses. Ok, so maybe not everyone has that latter part, about the book. But pretty sure everyone has the wish to win the lottery. Of course, I sometimes wonder, what awareness could I really bring to people?

I’m reading a book now by a guy called Rene Guenon, and he suggests, as do some other proponents of the Primordial Tradition (more on that later) that there are only a few people who are actually interested in the truly deeper subjects of metaphysics, the nature of consciousness, etc. I used to think that I would get published and then go out and start proselytizing, trying to convince everyone that I knew the way to Truth, and that I would show them. But the cold, stark fact is that many people just aren’t quite there yet. I used to have people tell me all the time that I was an “old soul,” and – being fairly scientifically minded – wasn’t quite sure what to make of that. But it does seem that there are different “levels” of awareness, and it would seem that there has to be some kind of mechanism to account for that. So, to me, it seems somewhat logical that there is something to reincarnation, that there is some part of us that moves from life to life, learning, growing, ascending. But hey, that’s just me. Well, and Buddhists. And Hindus. And – yeah, I guess it’s not just me.

So if I were to write a book, what could I do to make sure it would be attractive to both people who are already interested in this stuff, and – more importantly – those who aren’t…? I was thinking about the old advice that I’ve heard in movies when people say they don’t know what to write about. Inevitably, the [] is “write what you know.” Thing is, I don’t really KNOW anything. I think a lot of things, have some strong hunches, have read a lot of stuff. But knowing, that’s something else. I guess what I do know, or strongly believe, is that we are living in a very singular time in human history – a time when there is a realistic possibility that we will create entities that are actually more intelligent than we are. And that, to me, is simply astounding. I guess I would like to share that feeling of astonishment with others. Perhaps I could write a book that somehow captures that?

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