The Connected Singularity Is Near


I have read with relish the book by Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near and I respectfully borrow the phrase. The fundamental premise of his book is that we have approached “the knee of the curve” in our technological evolution, the moment where the pace of change will fundamentally change our biological evolution. Essentially, he argues with good cause, that change is happening faster and more fundamentally than most fully appreciate. 

And I think he’s right based on my personal experience. Much like a woman born at the turn of the last century, who saw in her lifetime the evolution from horseback to space travel, I too have seen a similar step change evolution in the connectiveness of the planet in a mere 15 years. In that time, I saw the transition from limited, one to one communications that was very expensive (I remember the days when a long distance call was a big thing) to a model where we can be connected with virtually no limits in terms of distance or scope.   

It is breathtaking … but I think Kurzweil limits his scope. Kurzweil places technology at the center of the change engine but I think if we focus on technology as the key driver, we limit its potential. We must remind ourselves to put the human factor at the heart of the technology evolution – not the other way around.  

And this focus on the human element must also apply to how the next generation Internet, sometimes called Web 3.0, will evolve. We must give full expression within this evolution to our human instinct to establish trusted connectedness in the web world in the same way we enjoy trusted connectedness in the real world.  

Yet in the conversations today about next generation web there is decided lack of focus on the human factor, (heck even the name Web 3.0 betrays the techno focus). For Google, the next generation web is about technology that delivers a personal web experience via intelligent search agent. For other companies, semantic technology that lets computers understand meaning better, is how the new, next web will evolve. All these technologies are all important, but they are a only a means to an end.  

The end game for the next generation web is the creation of this trusted model of community, commerce and communications for everyone just like we have in our everyday, real worlds. This model puts the human need to trust as central to the conversation — not be peripheral to the thinking. This, for me, suggests we are creating a connected singularity in a Connected Web enabled by a concept of Social Authentication put forward by Comodo. For this new “Connected Web” to work, it must be grounded on trust and trusted networks.  

This is why Paltalk will be hosting the third TechNow event; Transforming the Web into YOUR Web airing March 19 at 3:00 (EST) with Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo. During this live, interactive event, Melih will challenge conventional thinking about how we create the emerging next generation Web, sharing his vision about how a Connected Web needs to be based on trust. Melih will be joined by noted industry analyst, Henry Blodget of Alley Insider, in a discussion about:  

·         Current technical versions and major scenarios associated with next generation Web (semantic, 3D, pervasive, media-centric, etc.)

·         The potential and benefit of web 3.0 for every day people?

·         The functional model of how next generation Internet technologies will combine to deliver this new, next Connected Web  

·         How do we leverage the intelligence of people within a social authentication™ framework as is being defined today by Comodo?

·         How will a trust and authentication layer be introduced into connected community, ecommerce and communications networks?


Live, interactive video chat: 

Date: Thursday, March 19th

Time: 3:00pm EST

Room Name: TechNow Network


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Join the conversation. Join the movement towards a trusted Connected Web.


Judy Shapiro


16 Responses

  1. interesting new idea presented appealingly. how could it work for Serious eCommerce

  2. thanks keep posting,Im really enjoying your site

  3. Great question.

    The answer lies in providing online business with a model that drives trusted relationships — between site visitors and between site owners to visitors.

    Social marketing can act as glue that knits together strong ecommerce connections.

    There’s strength in numbers.

  4. strong idea – compelling presented.

  5. I wish I Facebook would think about this stuff. I know they don’t because I had a problem with my son being harrassed ;(. I am happy to see this kind of thinking as the web evolves.

  6. Hiya –

    I like this idea — human connections reaching a point of unlimited connectivity.

  7. I follow your thinking — interesting but a bit scary I think.

  8. I am following your idea — not sure though. I can see no way to bridge the digital ID divide. Access must be two way — but poeple do not really want open access. They want one way access — reach who they want when they want.

  9. Whoa — grand thoughts — i like the idea of it though.

  10. Hi, maybe that’s the new web should be called – The Connected Singularity – just that name would change the thinking.

  11. I can see it coming. So, I assume it will become inevitable that we will all be connected – all the time. way cool.

  12. Yooo..

    I kno it has nothing to do with what you wrote, but I wonder how all our digital selves will come together. I feel like Sybil some days. shees. This seems to be getting out of control.

  13. judy — the picture Kuzweil paints is worrisome because the pace of our technological evolution is far outstripping our ability to manage it.

    The same for the digital world. If we all tied together in one network — are are all vulnerable — like sitting ducks. 😦

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  15. yo, great name for site)))

  16. Amazing !!!!

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