Are Memes & the Internet Creating a Cultural Singularity? (A PBS Idea Channel Video)

Here on the internet, we love us some memes. But where do they come from?

Yes we know, they are user generated. But to an internet layman, they seem to just appear, in HUGE quantities, ready for cultural consumption. Are they a sign of a “cultural singularity”?

Memes follow rules and code, are varied, self-referential, and seem to multiply at an ever increasing rate. It may seem like science fiction, but we’re close to a world where culture automatically and magically creates infinitely more culture.

Browse More

Nikola Danaylov and Tobias Martens preview

Nikola Danaylov on Universal Grammar, Language and AI

Nikola Danaylov Socrates

Nikola Danaylov at Devolutions HQ: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Technology

Nikola Danaylov on the Dissender preview

Nikola Danaylov on the Dissenter: The Singularity, Futurism, and Humanity

Douglas Rushkoff TED Team Human Preview

Douglas Rushkoff’s TED Talk: How to be “Team Human” in the digital future

veganism

The Economist Asks: How could veganism change the world?

Nikola Danaylov on Aways Another Way Podcast

Nikola Danaylov on the Always Another Way Podcast: The World is Transformed by Asking Questions

Beyond-Bionics preview

Beyond Bionics: How the Future of Prosthetics is Redefining Humanity

Futurist Gerd on AI

Gerd Leonhard on AI and Digital Ethics