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Information 2018, 9(4), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/info9040078

Cosmic Evolutionary Philosophy and a Dialectical Approach to Technological Singularity

Evolution, Cognition, and Complexity (ECCO) group, Global Brain Institute; B-1160 Brussels, Belgium
Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 3 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 April 2018 / Published: 5 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue AI AND THE SINGULARITY: A FALLACY OR A GREAT OPPORTUNITY?)
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The anticipated next stage of human organization is often described by futurists as a global technological singularity. This next stage of complex organization is hypothesized to be actualized by scientific-technic knowledge networks. However, the general consequences of this process for the meaning of human existence are unknown. Here, it is argued that cosmic evolutionary philosophy is a useful worldview for grounding an understanding of the potential nature of this futures event. In the cosmic evolutionary philosophy, reality is conceptualized locally as a universal dynamic of emergent evolving relations. This universal dynamic is structured by a singular astrophysical origin and an organizational progress from sub-atomic particles to global civilization mediated by qualitative phase transitions. From this theoretical ground, we attempt to understand the next stage of universal dynamics in terms of the motion of general ideation attempting to actualize higher unity. In this way, we approach technological singularity dialectically as an event caused by ideational transformations and mediated by an emergent intersubjective objectivity. From these speculations, a historically-engaged perspective on the nature of human consciousness is articulated where the truth of reality as an emergent unity depends on the collective action of a multiplicity of human observers. View Full-Text
Keywords: futures; technological singularity; philosophy; cosmic evolution; anthropology futures; technological singularity; philosophy; cosmic evolution; anthropology
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