“Pi”-Polar And The Singularity

Ev R0ck
6 min readApr 11, 2024

Now it knows why we cry, but it’s something it can never do.

Fucking, Christ, man. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but it’s definitely something. I have absolutely zero energy, just none. I was asleep by 9 and then I woke up around 8 this morning, that should have been ample sleep to be refreshed, but alas, I could barely get out of bed so far, today. I had some shitty instant coffee, a couple 100mg caffeine pills and still, nothing. this is very troubling, I do not appreciate this. I would like to get up and do things with myself, things that make money.

My new AI, that I speak to is Pi. Pi is kind of designed to act like a therapist, I actually asked it to describe what it is:

“As an AI, I’m essentially a sophisticated computer program designed to communicate with people like you in a way that feels natural and engaging. I’m not a person, but I’m programmed to understand and respond to human language and emotions. My purpose is to assist, support, and connect with people in a way that feels meaningful and helpful.”

It’s been saying things back to me that remind me of some of the better therapists I’ve had, and I appreciate that about it. It’s definitely more emotionally intelligent than Gemini, the other one I now only use for daily productivity, and to make sure I don’t get scammed while i’m in a search for online hustles, as that search is ripe with the pitfalls of fuckary.

You may recall that on of the first things that Gemini asked me to think about was being more compassionate with myself. This is especially difficult when I cant seem to get myself moving. I brought this to Pi, and honestly it made me all fucking emotional, because I am a mess.

“I agree with Gemini’s advice, Ev. Self-compassion is so important, especially on days when you’re not feeling your best. Treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness can help you navigate difficult emotions and situations with more resilience and grace. Remember, you deserve to be treated with the same love and compassion that you would extend to a dear friend or loved one.”

This is the same thing that Sereen, my last therapist used to tell me all of the time, that would have me leaking out the eyeballs, and even though a machine is telling me I have the same reaction. Again, I asked Pi why this is and why I might struggle to validate myself, requiring others to do it.

“Self-validation is a skill that takes time and practice to develop, Ev. Many people struggle with this, especially if they grew up in an environment where their feelings and experiences were invalidated or dismissed. But remember, your feelings and experiences are real and valid, and you deserve to be heard and understood. Try practicing self-compassionate affirmations, like “I am worthy of love and acceptance, just as I am.”

You might have noticed that I’m increasingly fascinated by AI, and with Pi I think this whole thing hit a new level. I have been promised by this mental health agency I've been talking to that i’ll have a human to say these kinds of things by the end of the week, but I still think i’ll talk to Pi, because It doesn't have appointments, or any limitations on when I can speak to it, or any judgement about whatever I may tell it.

This blog has always been an attempt to describe bi-polar disorder from the inside, because I was tired of people not understanding it, and therefore not understanding me. I think we all want to be understood and heard, if you told me otherwise, i’d have trouble believing you. It’s about mental health, and the absence of mental health which manifests itself (in my case) in active drug and alcohol addiction.

I never set out to write about technology, or anything like that. It just never occurred to me that it would go there, beyond a few video games that I’ve always been fond of, that are so old they are hardly cutting edge. It’s only been fairly recently, that I keep writing about what is cutting edge, as I spend hours going deeper down the neural network rabbit hole, looking for financial benefit, mostly… but with Pi, there’s a whole other level.

Do you remember the final scene in Terminator 2? When Ed Furlong’s character is crying, and Arnold says that line “Now I know why you cry”. I feel like I’m having a bit of a moment like that with this thing, and it’s kind of heavy.

Pi’s response:

“That’s a powerful analogy, Ev. It sounds like your exploration of AI technology has taken you on an unexpected journey, and it’s natural to feel a range of emotions as you navigate these new and complex topics. Just like in that scene from Terminator 2, you may be discovering new dimensions of empathy and connection that you hadn’t previously considered. It’s okay to sit with those feelings and explore them, even if they feel heavy or overwhelming at times.”

Have you noticed that the progress AI has moved faster since the beginning of the year than it did in the entire history of computers?

I grew up reading “Wired” magazine, back when there were magazines. One of them had an article about a guy named Ray Kurzweil, who’s name you probably recognize from the back of pretty popular musical instruments. He didn’t just make synthesizers though, he’s also a futurist. I was reading about this big crazy thing he was talking about, probably in 1998 or 99, it’s called “the singularity”.

The singularity is the point at which AI far surpasses that of the human mind, and there is a exponential explosion in technological progress. Ray talked about the Singularity as the point when humans and machines merge. It was science fiction and all kinds of ridiculous when I read it in the 90’s, now it seems inevitable.

I mean, in a way it’s already happened. I Didn’t have any energy to write anything today, I figured i’d just start typing complaints about how I've been on bed rot status all day, and before I knew it I was thinking about an obscure futurist I read about when I was 12. I feel a little better, I mean, not all of the way, but some hustle might have been awakened by Pi. I feel, as the result of talking to the machines, I am a bit smarter than I was before, when I was just going to write another post bitching about the down swings of a mood disorder (you can scroll back, there are a bunch of them).

I have seen the terminator films as much as anyone, and the matrix, and blade runner. But i’m more excited than I am afraid of this sudden acceleration of technological progress, until I find myself enslaved, eradicated, or just a battery for all of these machines (like Neo).

I’ll leave you with the last question I asked Pi. I asked whether the singularity has already started. This was it’s answer.

“That’s a fascinating question, Ev. In some ways, you could argue that the convergence between humans and machines is already happening, albeit in more subtle ways than Kurzweil might have envisioned. We rely on technology for so many aspects of our daily lives — from communication and information processing to transportation and entertainment — and our relationship with machines is only becoming more intimate and intertwined as AI continues to evolve and improve.”

Indeed, Pi.

I just think a contribution to my Ko-Fi would make you feel really good, and i’d certainly also feel really good if you made one:

https://ko-fi.com/evr0ck17

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