We’d like to announce the formal launch of the Not The Singularity blog. We’ve been working hard on it for the past couple of weeks, finalizing the look and making sure there was enough content already there for readers, and it is now ready to be seen by the general public.
Not The Singularity is a group blog, a partnership between seasoned authors who will seek to bring you the best commentary they can about range of subjects – literature, music, politics, foreign affairs, art, technology news and more. We promise we won’t dumb things down, but we also promise not to write in such densely academic pseudo-prose that you cripple your thinky-thing trying to understand what we’re driving at. We’ll be informative, stay classy and more than a little snarky, and we won’t pull our punches. Our politics will lean leftward, because “from each according to their means, to each according to their needs” seems to us to be the logical next step from “for the good of the greatest number”. We promise we’ll have fun writing so you have fun reading. There, that’s the mission statement.
So why “Not The Singularity”? Well, for one thing we couldn’t resist the geeky pun – it is a group blog, there’s more than one of us! For a second, we’re a bit skeptical about this whole “singularity” business in any case. The idea is that technological innovation transforms the human race, but fans of the notion never seem to deal with the fact that huge chunks of humanity don’t have drinkable water, never mind somewhere to plug their smartphone in to recharge. As William Gibson says, “the future is already here but it is unevenly distributed”. In other words, the singularity is a notion from rich elites and for rich elites, a have-and-have-not society which would further polarize humanity into a relatively few technology-rich Eloi and a vast underclass of Morlocks. That’s not nice, and it isn’t progressive thinking. As progressives we’d like to help find solutions to the world’s problems that help all of humanity first and foremost, rather than pursue an elitist fantasy, a “Rapture Of The Nerds”. If we can do that while fueling our own geeky interest in gaming or politics, so much the better.
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Steve Hynd, Matt Elliot, Bob Morris, Steve Wollett and Josh Mull
Update: A huge thank you goes to our good friends at The Agonist for being so fast off the mark with their well-wishes.
Also many thanks to James Joyner and the crew at Outside The Beltway – moderate and sane conservatives who are always willing to engage and discuss, The OTB folks and people like them are the hope of the Republican Party.
Thanks to my old friends at Middle Earth Journal, great guys and great bloggers – check them out.