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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Omega Point Theory: How Man Can Create God

Omega Point Theory: How Man Can Create God
According to Voltaire, ''If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him''. Will mankind possess the technology to create God or the Ultimate Intelligence? Alan Turing, considered as the Father of Computer Science made a prophetic statement in his paper titled Intelligent Machinery: A Heretical Theory . He said that once the machine thinking method has started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers. … 

At some stage therefore we should have to expect the machines to take control, in the way that is mentioned in Samuel Butler’s Erewhon.” His statement implied that machines may exceed human intelligence and be the new Gods of the human race.
Give us gods. Oh give them us!
Give us gods.
We are so tired of men
and motor power.
– D.H. Lawrence
What is the Omega Point Theory?

To understand the Omega Point Theory, one must read the book named The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead. The book was written by a physicist and scientific theologian named Frank J. Tipler. Frank Tipler's ideas may sound like something straight from science fiction novels or movies. Frank asserts that man may achieve technological progress enough to create a God-like machine. In a Christian sounding way he conjectured that the God-like machine may have the thinking capacity to access parallel universes at the end of the universe and as a last ditch effort to prevent the Big Crunch, The Godlike machine would resurrect every organism and remove chaos from the universe.  

In the opening paragraph of the book:
This book is a description of the Omega Point Theory, which is a testable physical theory for an omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent God who will one day in the far future resurrect every single one of us to live forever in an abode which is in all essentials the Judeo-Christian Heaven. .... I shall make no appeal, anywhere, to revelation. I shall appeal instead to the solid results of modern physical science. ... I shall describe the physical mechanism of the universal resurrection. I shall show exactly how physics will permit the resurrection to eternal life of everyone who has lived, is living, and will live. I shall show exactly why this power to resurrect which modern physics allows will actually exist in the far future, and why it will in fact be used. If any reader has lost a loved one, or is afraid of death, modern physics says: 'Be comforted, you and they shall live again.'

However, Frank Tipler is not the first one to theorize about the Omega Point. It was the Jesuit priest named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Colloquially, he is often considered as the Catholic Darwin or the Patron Saint of The Social Media(unofficially). Pierre stressed out two groundbreaking concepts in his work named The Phenomenon of Man, it was published in 1955, shortly after his death. The two main are the Noosphere and the Omega Point. Noosphere is mankind's constantly evolving collective conscious, and when it finally reach its peak; the Omega Point will be achieved. Simply put, Big Bang is the Alpha Point(proposed by another Catholic priest named Georges Lemaitre) while the Omega Point would be the final stage of human evolution(if Man is indeed alone in the Universe). 

Futurists and science fiction authors believe that The Omega Point could not be stopped,  because they believe that since the Alpha Point, the fate of universe is written in the stars. They also believe that the Omega Point can be finally achieved when man finally created a machine capable of reaching Ultimate Intelligence, finally ending the chaos that exist in the universe since its conception. These themes are portrayed by some notable science fiction works such as Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End, Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos, Iain Banks' Culture novels and many others. 

Religious fundamentalists might be revolted by the idea of mankind building a Godlike machine, since it would not reconcile with their beliefs of the Second Coming. Religion may guide us to be less impulsive, watch our actions more carefully and be forgiving to other people. But it may also hold us back to achieve progress up until the hypothesized Omega Point.

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