Comment on SpaceCollective’s first steps

meika Sat, Jan 5, 2008
Scientists have known for some time that most major groups of complex animals appeared in the fossils record during the Cambrian Explosion, a seemingly rapid evolutionary event that occurred 542 million years ago. Now Virginia Tech paleontologists, using rigorous analytical methods, have identified another explosive evolutionary event that occurred about 33 million years earlier among macroscopic life forms unrelated to the Cambrian animals. They dubbed this earlier event the "Avalon Explosion."

This came out on the same day as your post. I smiled on reading the two almost one after the other. Sigmoid curves or 'explosions' or 'singularities' or spikes precede us too, on this side it looks like a thousand plateaus, terraces of them, in an ever increasing steepness of steps. From down there it's one spike.

So, then,

Whereas Kurzweil sees this event, known as the Singularity, as a technological big bang beyond which everything will change, Kelly suggests that this evolutionary growing spurt will occur more like a phase-shift that won’t appear discontinuous to us.

"Discontinuous" for some, while for others completely unnoticeable? A matter of perception, depending on perspective, from one's place in the world.

It would take at least a decade before the internet’s true potential started to sink in, by which time it had already changed the world as we know it to an extent most people have yet to grasp

"Discontinuous" for those left out?

For it's a spike to those left behind.

Who shall we leave behind? Who shall have that choice? Who shall not pass? Who will choose to remain behind? Who shall we abduct? Who shall we put in reservations and cultural museums. One on each step perhaps?

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
Oh, how I wish he'd go away...

It looks seamless to me, but I am alone in this among my friends.