In my honest and humble opinion, the only real concern we should have about this singularity, when it occurs—as it probably shall sometime in the next 20-30 years—is not in regard to art. It will probably dispense with art entirely. Nor with us. It will probably dispense with us entirely, if there are any of us left. The only concern I have is what it will do with the remainder of life on the planet. Whatever remains. Will it understand the necessity for “life” as we understand it to continue or see “life” in a different context and dispense with it as well?

For if there is even the slightest chance it will discontinue THAT life, not our life; dispense with THAT life, then we should do all in our power, now, to stop the singularity from taking place.

If we could ever be "detached" in the true sense of the "natural" it would be a blessing. But having set this singularity in motion, based upon our distinct lack of detactment, we are far from detachment adn it will be as well. We must always seek to take responsibility, then, no? Rather than passing that "responsibility" on to an unfeeling and unnaturally detached machine that only philosophers of the abstract tell us is inevitable. The same who tell us our reality may as well be a machine-made simulation.

It is a cold thought, and one that does not involve "merging" with humans or other life forms, but their extinction. I have never been optimistic about our extinction, no matter how inevitable.

I merely hope we plan it better.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

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