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The Singularity is near? PDF Print E-mail
Written by nuncio   
Friday, 03 April 2009 11:03

You'll see that we've just posted up a new poll on the technological Singularity. We know that there's been a lot of hype on the Singularity issue over the last few years, since Ray Kurzweil's book, but it looks like the subject is now starting to come of age. However, it's still easy to get caught up in the hype. Look at how many people fell for Google's CADIE AI singularity prank.

It must be tricky to write a book about The Singularity. If the exponential explosion in technology and intelligence is really happening then your book is going to be vastly out of date as soon as it is published. I am sure Mr Kurzweil was aware of this but still couldn't resist putting out his seminal tome. He'll be keeping us up-to-date via his Kurzweil AI site anyway.

The technological Singularity will happen (probably) because the only alternatives would be stagnation or extinction. We don't like these alternatives much. That wouldn't have made for a great poll on a future and technology site would it? Which do you favour - extinction, stagnation or technological nirvana? We are, however, interested to learn when you think it might happen. We'll ask for your reasons another day.

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