Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

The “singleton hypothesis” predicts the future of humanity

I consider the most serious issue that currently faces humanity to be the ongoing concentration of power on an unprecedented level: political, economic, military, technological, cultural, medical, scientific, communicational, and legal, with the environment being the wild card in all of this. Anyone with libertarian values of any kind should be opposed to concentrated power of the kind that is capable of forming a singular world system.

We largely have such a system already through transnational governmental organizations, international financial institutions, multinational corporations, NGOs, NATO and the US military empire, and the international legal infrastructure that upholds these. A mere reversion to multi-polarity is not sufficient because Eastern powers like Russia, China, and India are merely provinces in the global system.

A shift to a less American-centric global order in favor as a UN-like world government under the auspices of “multi-partnership” or “multiculturalism” is no improvement either. Instead, we need a multi-order world order consisting of largely disconnected systems.

Big Think

  • Nick Bostrom’s “singleton hypothesis” says that intelligent life on Earth will eventually form a “singleton”.
  • The “singleton” could be a single government or an artificial intelligence that runs everything.
  • Whether the singleton will be positive or negative depends on numerous factors and is not certain.

Does history have a goal? Is it possible that all the human societies that existed are ultimately a prelude to establishing a system where one entity will govern everything the world over? The Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom proposes the “singleton hypothesis,” maintaining that intelligent life on Earth will at some point organize itself into a so-called “singleton” – one organization that will take the form of either a world government, a super-intelligent machine (an AI) or, regrettably, a dictatorship that would control all affairs.


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