Or maybe, more simply, the People of the Machine VS. The People of the Horse.
Nah, I like the first title, and the order of the descriptives is important. Maybe the former will some day win.
I'm not sure that will be a good thing, but I do know the real test will be when-and/or-if the machines can gain an advantage over the food-powered robots.
Do I need to explain? Give me a sec. ...okay, maybe not.
I'm starting to think, more and more, that Cosma Shalizi is right: The Singularity Already Happened.
It was the Long 19th Century. It came to fruition during the Victorian Era. It perhaps was semi-finalized by the American Civil War. But certainly it was finalized by WWI.
This would explain Steampunk. That technology is the baseline from which the rest of the future will flow. We moved from medieval communications and transport to the modern. From speed of horse to speed of light. From horse and man power to steam and atomic monster power.
Why, I ask, is it necessary to have ultraintelligent computers to realize the vision of the Vingean Singularity? Aren't the aggregate intelligences of the Monkey Hives enough? Did we not see all the requirements fulfilled pretty much by the 1870s? And for certain by the 1920s?
And if so, does it not now boil down to competing visions of the future? Are we not still working our way through the disruptions and dislocations of this event? And are not the disruptions and dislocations increasing in frequency, accelerating over time?
Does this explain the waves of addiction that we monkeys experience. Such as the Gin Craze? The Jazz, Weed, and Heroine Phase? The Amphetamine Craze? The Consumerist Insanity? Seen as adaptations to dislocation, to increasing isolation and stress, all of this drug taking and similar addictive behaviors all starts to make sense. Seen in that light, that our monkey cages - deemed unnecessarily opulent by the Aggregates in Power - are increasingly thread-bare and more bare-wired. Addiction, then, is not a disease, but an adaptation to an increasingly shitty environment.