Link for this Post: In the Singularity Movement, Humans Are So Yesterday by Ashlee Vance in New York Times
Whether you are a technophobe or a technophile will ultimately shape your reaction to this lengthy and wide-ranging article about the latest activities of the singularity crowd.
The BrinBot of the story is a robot remotly controlled by non-other than Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. The robot provided entertainment for attenees at a recent nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University.
Here is an excerpt from the article that describes the robot and in context:
While the flesh-and-blood version of Mr. Brin sat miles away at a computer capable of remotely steering a robot, the gizmo rolling around here consisted of a printer-size base with wheels attached to a boxy, head-height screen glowing with an image of Mr. Brin’s face. The BrinBot obeyed its human commander and sputtered around from group to group, talking to attendees about Google and other topics via a videoconferencing system.
The BrinBot was hardly something out of “Star Trek.” It had a rudimentary, no-frills design and was a hodgepodge of loosely integrated technologies. Yet it also smacked of a future that the Singularity University founders hold dear and often discuss with a techno-utopian bravado: the arrival of the Singularity — a time, possibly just a couple decades from now, when a superior intelligence will dominate and life will take on an altered form that we can’t predict or comprehend in our current, limited state.
Depending which side of the technophobe/betchnophile debate you are on, you future my be found in either rapture or singularity.