Watching a 40 minute documentary on IBM's Watson has inspired me to write this.
So, when the Singularity happens, whether we're dead or alive by then, it's not too late to enjoy all the things you can enjoy in other time periods. Don't think that the smartphone age is over, because it's not. Not if you go about this route.
Citing many things that Jakob says, there may be trillions or more of individual AGI and ASI units of many, many different intelligences that are very easily adjustable. One may think that every AI will be perfectly similar due to the fact that their intelligence is "perfect", but this is not going to be the case. Just like how every human has individual beliefs, morals, strongsuits and weaknesses, etc., so will the super AI. The differences between the AIs, in fact, will be even more diverse than that of us humans, due to the fact that they have a lot more capabilities and are much more intuitive and creative. In fact, the AIs will probably disagree with one another about small details of complex topics on a regular basis.
So, as you all know, there are a LOT of baseline humans out there who aren't very adaptable to huge societal and technological changes, including and not limited to the Singularity. It may not just be that they don't want a change, but they actually fantasize about the past time periods in which they're used to; in other words, some people are extremely nostalgic. For example, there are many people today who idealize the 1960s and 70s, because that's the time they grew up in, and the technology of the 2010s is too complex or different for them to learn to enjoy. I completely understand this feeling. I am growing up in the 2010s, and I'm almost certain I'll be the same exact way about technology from 50 years in the future (i.e. the Singularity, intelligence explosion, etc.). I simply won't enjoy it. I would want life to be just like it was when I was a kid. I would want smartphones to be back in everyone's pockets. I would want AI to be simpler than humans and laughed at by the comedian who hosted that Jeopardy show. I want the AI to be like Google's AI in the 2010s; a very simple tool used to enhance our usage of the internet. It seems that these traits are very unlikable, but you're just gonna have to accept that a lot of people out there are like this. They want their own ideal society back. I have fun here; lots of fun. In fact, I've been really down lately and obsessing over the Singularity so much it's been eating my brain out. I've been doing worse in my everyday life, having less fun with things I usually have fun with. This isn't supposed to happen to people. I'm sure I'm not alone.
But never fear; as there's an almost infinite amount of possible things that could and probably will happen during the Singularity. One of these will include a near-perfect virtual reality (VR) simulation place. This building will likely be the size of a small U.S. state, since there are so many people in the world who want to go into VR and live another life.
There will be millions, if not a couple billion people there looking to dwindle forever in a simulation of another life. Many of these people will be looking to be in a simulation of a specific time period in history, especially one that they've experienced themselves. As for myself, I'm planning to go in there and apply for an infinite loop of a 2010s-20s simulation (January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2029).
So how would this work, you ask? Well, to answer that question, I really can't, since I'm a baseline human and there are probably methods for doing this that we could never guess. But I may be able to give you a simple explanation of the basic method.
During the Singularity, all forms of AI will spend their machine-learning abilities collecting information on every single aspect of the universe, starting with the planet Earth. They'll collect every bit of data all the way from every documented event in international politics to every individual speck of dirt that has ever been on the ground.
In order to create such a simulation using such massive amount of data, this must happen, at least. Human evolution must be completely and totally understood by the VR machine. Evolutionary patterns will be completely and totally seen and predictable. This will be combined with a systematic search of the memories of every individual human, animal, and insect searching for every piece of memory associated with the time period at hand. However, peoples' memories will only be a sort of backup source, since that alone is extremely unreliable, but gives a general point of view. That will be combined with a reality check. Every document (yes, on the internet and on paper) will be collected to fully enhance the human knowledge of that time period. Such an AI would know every human on earth that has ever lived in the 2010s from the amount of hairs on their head at any particular moment in time to their knowledge of advanced mathematics (as an example). Every piece of knowledge about every human, and about society as a whole, will be collected in order to fully enhance the 2010s simulation.
So how perfect will the simulation be? Well, if you want an example, it would be so perfect that it would simulate every text box that any user has ever typed on this very FutureTimeline forum, exactly how they typed it, with the exact same grammar, etc. In fact, it would simulate the exact movements of the people typing such text exactly as they typed them, even though the person initially experiencing the simulation doesn't see them doing it. All your points of view on everything would be emulated exactly as they were. All of you users who may be viewing this; Yuli Ban, Jakob, TranscendingGod, etc., will be emulated based on every single cell on your bodies. The only real person with actual free will is the person experiencing the simulation, in which they can do whatever they want (with the appropriate consequences).
So let's just say I go into the simulation, and attempt a bank robbery. They wouldn't let me off easy just because it's a simulation; the exact same thing would happen as if I actually robbed a bank in this actual time period; I would go to jail, have to deal with court, etc. So the simulation isn't really totally meant to please; it's meant to be entirely and completely realistic.
Every television program, every video game, every YouTube video, every FaceBook post, every individual book, and all that other media stuff would be exactly the same, unless of course I, in the simulation, go and change the stimuli of another person, causing a different FaceBook post, or a different FutureTimeline topic, or maybe in the simulation I get banned from FutureTimeline because I did something I wasn't supposed to; like build a spambot that spams the entire forum with porno advertisements, for instance. Which of course I don't actually do in the actual 2010s. I might attempt to cheat on an exam in college, and get academic probation, or whatever happens if you do that; not sure because I haven't been to college yet and I haven't tried cheating (and won't). I'd prank call people all the time at age 14 just like I did then, and the same consequences would happen; a hell of a large phone bill. I could keep listing things like this, but you get the point; consequences as well as privileges are exactly the same as they would actually have been.
Or, maybe, one day I enter a building in Germany or Turkey or something that gets attacked by terrorists in some time in 2018, and I end up "dead" for 12 years until the simulation loops back around again.
On the better side, though, my life will probably be very similar to the way it actually is today morally, so it'll all be peachy. The internet will be exactly the same; I can make as many gaming videos I want, etc., until the looparound happens at the end of the simulation's 2029. Every time the looparound happens, my memory is completely blanked to what my memory was at the beginning of 2010. I can still have sex, watch TV shows on my laptop and phone, create TASes, get a driver's license, pay bills, go to college (and high school), argue with people about religion and the Singularity and futurism and historical events and linguistics and morality and philosophy, etc., exactly as it was today, ALL IN A SIMULATION.
And nothing matters, because if I do something to screw up my life, my memory of it is erased and it loops me back around to 10-20 years before that happened. Of course, I'll never know I'm in a simulation, so I'd just act like I did today and try not to screw my life up. And the best part about it is, I'll NEVER be able to ESCAPE THE LOOPING SIMULATION!!! It's like a 20-year-long Groundhog Day.
So now, I have a proposition. Everybody refers to this event as the Singularity, but for many people, including me, it will simply be the "Simularity".