What is the Technological Singularity? The Technological Singularity is the point in the predicted near future when technology allows the artificial increase of intelligence to a level far beyond that of current human intelligence. It is best described as an intelligence explosion; the event horizon which can not be predicted beyond.
As we head deeper into the 21st century, we’re starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we’re also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence.
As I was putting this list together, it became obvious to me that many of the technologies described below could be put to tremendously good use. It was important, therefore, for me to make the distinction between a technology per se and how it might be put to ill use. Take nanotechnology, for example. Once developed, it could be used to end scarcity, clean-up the environment, and rework human biology. But it could also be used to destroy the planet in fairly short order. So, when it comes time to develop these futuristic technologies, we’ll have to do it safely and responsibly. But just as importantly, we’ll also have to recognize when a particular line of technological inquiry is simply not worth the benefits. Artificial superintelligence may be a potent example.