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Information 2018, 9(12), 309; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9120309

Pareidolic and Uncomplex Technological Singularity

Department of Human, Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of History and Geography, “Ştefan cel Mare” University, 13 University Street, 720229 Suceava, Romania
Received: 25 October 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue AI AND THE SINGULARITY: A FALLACY OR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY?)
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“Technological Singularity” (TS), “Accelerated Change” (AC), and Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) are frequent future/foresight studies’ themes. Rejecting the reductionist perspective on the evolution of science and technology, and based on patternicity (“the tendency to find patterns in meaningless noise”), a discussion about the perverse power of apophenia (“the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)”) and pereidolia (“the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern”) in those studies is the starting point for two claims: the “accelerated change” is a future-related apophenia case, whereas AGI (and TS) are future-related pareidolia cases. A short presentation of research-focused social networks working to solve complex problems reveals the superiority of human networked minds over the hardware‒software systems and suggests the opportunity for a network-based study of TS (and AGI) from a complexity perspective. It could compensate for the weaknesses of approaches deployed from a linear and predictable perspective, in order to try to redesign our intelligent artifacts. View Full-Text
Keywords: Technological Singularity; Accelerated Change; Artificial (General) Intelligence; apophenia; pareidolia; complexity; research focused social network; networked minds; complexity break; complexity fallacy Technological Singularity; Accelerated Change; Artificial (General) Intelligence; apophenia; pareidolia; complexity; research focused social network; networked minds; complexity break; complexity fallacy
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