I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian

Het is al een tijdje oud en toch heb ik het gemist! De song " I Am the Very Model of a Singularitarian" van Charlie Kam.

I am the very model of a Singularitarian
I'm combination Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian,
Aggressively I'm changing all my body's biochemistry
Because my body's heritage is obsolete genetically,
Replacing all the cells each month it's here just temporarily
The pattern of my brain and body's where there's continuity,
I'll try to improve these patterns with optimal biology,
("But how will I do that? I need to be smarter. Ah, yes...")
I'll expand my mental faculties by merging with technology,
Expand his mental faculties by merging with technology,
Expand his mental faculties by merging with technology
Expand his mental faculties by merging with technology

And with our new technology, renewable clean energy,
Remove our pathogens and overcome hunger and poverty
In short I am a Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
I am the very model of a Singularitarian
In short he is a Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
He is the very model of a Singularitarian

Knowledge in all forms music, art, science and technology,
Our brains and bodies all precious and any loss a tragedy
Important recognitions and insights are what we should retain
While we destroy all of the useless information that remains
And when a person dies we lose a profound pattern tragically,
And the part of ourselves that interacted with them lit'rally
Religious folks may rationalize that death is really something good
("Something Good? Something GOOD? Eh?)
I think they'd change their minds if Singularity were understood
I think they'd change their minds if Singularity were understood
I think they'd change their minds if Singularity were understood
I think they'd change their minds if Singularity were understood

I create and appreciate all of the knowledge that I know
Toward greater order even though complexity I know may grow
In short I am Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
I am the very model of a Singularitarian
In short he is a Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
He is the very model of a Singularitarian

The purpose of the universe is that of all our human lives
Since no aliens have come forth this much we can now rationalize
We'll spread our thoughts with nanobots that know how to self-replicate
Through solar system, Milky Way or anywhere we designate
Ideas are our products that will solve the problems of our fate
And new ideas for the problems we can't yet articulate
Let's leverage all our knowledge from the returns that accelerate
(Returns that accelerate? Sounds familiar. Ah yes, the law of accelerating returns by Ray Kurzweil, of course, OF COURSE!)
So the outcome of universe is something we can contemplate
The outcome of universe is something we can contemplate
The outcome of universe is something we can contemplate
The outcome of universe is something we can contemplate

The singularity is near but I won't be indifferent
In case something should go awry I'll do my bestest to prevent
Because I am a Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
I am the very model of a Singularitarian
Because he is a Transhuman, Immortalist, Extropian
He is the very model of a Singularitarian

(Yes! Singularity! Woo hoo! Singularity is here! Singularity is near! Singularity!)

Geweldige song, maar dat komt natuurlijk ook door de muziek van Gilbert & Sullivan. De song "I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General", waarvan dit een contrafact is, is uit "The Pirates of Penzance", eigenlijk een operette. Niet bepaald transhumanistische muziek zou je denken, maar hoe dan ook al beroemd door het lied "The Elements" van Tom Lehrer, dat op dezelfde melodie gebaseerd is.

Een lied waar nerds & geeks - per definitie goed vertegenwoordigd onder transhumanisten - graag naar luisteren (en wellicht ook graag zelf zingen).