One miracle in our physical world is that time has a direction, even though physical laws do not require it. However, time moves in only one direction—linearly—which is why humans experience the past, the present, and the future. We call this the law of causality.
If we look closely at all the great inventions in this world, we can see that time flies not just in one direction, but two. In the virtual world (the human mind), time flies step by step from the future to the present, which is the point where the virtual world connects to the real world. The present is also the point in time where time changes direction; time flies forward from the present to the future in the real world.
Every invention in our physical world starts with someone’s imagination. Let’s take a look at a little kid. If the kid wants to buy hatchimals, she will visualize herself playing hatchimals happily in her mind (step 3). Then, she may think “How can I get hatchimals? Maybe I should do my homework quickly in the afternoon, and use that to persuade mom to allow me to buy the gifts” (step 2: logic), and “When would be a good time to persuade mom? Maybe on the way to the school” (step1: design). All of these ideas are in the little kid’s mind, and once she has the plan, she turns her ideas into reality. In the morning, on the way to school, she tells mom that she is going to finish her homework quickly this afternoon and that she wants to buy hatchimals. In the afternoon, the little girl indeed finishes her homework quickly and in the evening, mom buys her hatchimals and she plays with them happily.
A great invention begins from the future in the virtual world, and it ends in the future in the real world. Singularity’s vision is to solve the AI industrialization’s last mile problem: scalability. Let’s bring that vision to the physical world.