Politics is a nasty business. It always has been. At least, here on pre-Singularity Earth anyway. We’re currently in the midst of a particularly disgusting episode. Maybe the most disgusting ever. Certainly, the scariest ever. This time around rationality itself is on the ballot.

The Singularity: Once a civilization develops computing it’s on the fast track to a transcendent evolutionary event that has become known as the technological Singularity. Computing power doubles roughly every two years, speeding us faster and faster towards a singular point in time when artificial intelligence exceeds human intelligence. Futurists like Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, say that no one knows what this new civilization will be like, hence the name, borrowed from the point inside a black hole where matter disappears from the Universe. No one knows what happens to it after that. Similarly, futurists believe no one knows what civilization will be like after the Singularity, but they’re wrong.