new Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst) single 'Singularity'

bylukeprog8y22nd Jun 201116 comments

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Bright Eyes' new (2011) single, 'Singularity', is maybe the best song ever about the Singularity. It's a catchy electro-pop refrain.

Lyrics:

Learning on the fly
How to gather and analyze
Nothing is living if nothing dies
What an exception to make
Roundly rejecting our faith

When singularity comes
We will be fully revealed
Wandering limitless fields

When singularity comes
We will be abstraction then
We will buried within
All will be balanced
We will be one

Now we're on our way
All of our instincts accelerate
Nothing you imagine could keep this pace
We will know freedom at last
Finally make up for the past

When singularity comes
We will be faster than light
Whistling, skipping through time

When singularity comes
We will be children again
We will be cradled within
We will be perfect
We will be one

When singularity comes

Living in one mind
Every pin drop is amplified
Every outcome before its tried
Will make a rag doll of God
Wind up our new music box

When singularity comes
We will be fully revealed
Wandering limitless fields

When singularity comes
We'll be completely awake
Neophyte make no mistake
We're in this together
We will be one

When singularity comes
When singularity comes

Oberst's comments on the song:

I don't know if you're familiar with the theory of singularity. This guy, Ray Kurzweil, who was the inventor of early synthesizers, he has this theory -- a few other people write about it too -- but essentially there's a point where artificial intelligence reaches beyond human intelligence and we fuse in with the internet and become what he calls "spiritual machines." Essentially, you stop having to die and stop having to eat. Our physical form is no longer important because you're able to maintain your consciousness by uploading it to the next frame, which sounds spooky and weird but I think it's 100% achievable, especially when you think about how fast new machines invent newer machines, which invent the newer machines. It's exponential growth. A person doesn't have to sit down and invent every one of these steps. His vision is really utopian, like this is the way forward. Humans, we're obviously going to destroy our planet and destroy our physical form, but we'll continue in this way.

Hat tip to Kevin.