After a bunch of rambling I seem to have 3 main goals. I’d love to combine them into one, but that seems difficult without getting even more general.
Get better with women. (And offline friends.)
Better organize people via expansive e-infrastructure.
Make new life-forms, leading us into the Singularity.
So, it was hard making that first one sound good. I’m tempted to throw in many things about enjoying my current life as much as I can while pursuing the other two, but I’m doing a fair job of that except with regard to women. So they don’t get mentioned up there.
2 comes from World Domination. What would I do if I ruled the world? Apart from the expanded 1 and 3, this is what I’d do. ”Fake it till you make it.”
3 boils down AI. That’s what digital life forms are. AI. Uploading humans into new, more flexible forms of existence may work too; this counts as new life-forms. By all means, correct me if I’m wrong, but the upgrading humans approach seems to be a very incremental, step-by-step process. One that depends largely on scientific and technological advances. That just doesn’t feel right. It feels harder to aim for.
I’d really love to combine 2 and 3 into one. Advancing 2 a lot without 3 will be really good, and may set the stage for a more positive Singularity. However, somewhere down the line a sort of flexible intelligence will have to be introduced to the equation to get there. It’s possible a use of extensive narrow AI in 2 could morph into a global brain and get us there. Possible. But, again, doesn’t seem like something one can aim for.
And there you have it: 3 goals.
I find it interesting how many more ideas I have on this topic as soon as I actually decide to act on my desires. I’ve spent ages pondering purposes and grand goals. And then I decide, YARGH, I’m acting on them. Next thing I know my head is full of related ideas and I quickly gain more clarity than I’d had before. Of course, no supreme certainty or anything.
So, if you’re seeking a ‘purpose’ to get behind, perhaps you have to decide to work towards that purpose whatever it may be. The chicken does come before the egg. :O