By Kunstler, Barton
The “Human Singularity” refers to the radical fusion of the human body with technology to achieve levels of mental acuity and physical ability that eclipse anything humans have previously known. This would represent a singular event in human history: For the first time, people would be driven by laws other than those governing organic life. A broad front of converging core technologies may make individuals with such abilities commonplace by 2030-if not sooner. Indeed, steps are already being taken to achieve this goal.
One critical social function that will be affected by the Singularity is leadership, a chief defining factor of a society’s values, relations, and objectives. Leaders will bear much of the burden of social evolution when the “Enhanced Singular Individuals” (ESIs) of the Singularity Era enter the general population of “Norms” (those without technological enhancements). The leaders of every organization and group will be compelled to come to terms with the ESIs’ advanced capabilities and the tensions, ambitions, and alliances attendant upon them.