The Last Voyage

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Mr. Khoury awoke to the sound of his phone alarm at six A.M. sharp, as he had done for near on forty years. After tapping his phone’s screen to check the time (which was always the same, but he checked it every day anyways), he proceeded to the same lonely routine he’d been following for a few years, since his dear Rachel passed away. A yawn, a stretch, an eye rub, a belly scratch, and then on to the early-morning meds, faithfully on his right-hand nightstand, along with a small bottle of water. As he sat up and slapped the light switch… the lights failed to turn on.

“Huh?” he muttered, still groggy, and patted the wall where the switch was supposed to be. Not only it wasn’t there, but the wallpaper felt entirely unfamiliar, and it was also at that point that he noticed the strange headboard behind him.

“Where am I?” The morning light softly filtered by the curtains (wait… wasn’t it winter?, he thought) showed an environment that was at once foreign and entirely familiar from his past days as a sales representative. A hotel room, he realized. Where am I again? I don’t remember this trip. More

Demographic Analysis of the Technological Singularity Timeline

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Being highly interested in the concept of a technological singularity, I’ve often wondered how far off that is. A lot of people have of course weighed in, based on the rate of technological development in the world… but something seems off about that approach. Main problem being, between Moore’s Law and many informational structures in place already today, we should either have crossed that point by now, or should be nearly there, and that’s certainly not the case.

Then it hit me – our main bottleneck isn’t technical, it’s human. (This comes from a career in government work, where I’ve realized just how obtuse the people in charge of managing everything can be – and from observing the private sector, it’s not much better, outside of the tech industry.) So I decided to plot who’s how old at each point in time, based on what sort of technology was around them in their formative years, and as a consequence, how comfortable they are around each kind of technology, and how fully they can realize that potential. More