This Asimov’s SF article is the launch point for for tons of information about “The Singularity”? What is that? There are a few definitions floating around, but can be summed up as the point when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. (Personally, I think that depends on the human involved, but I digress…) This is the crux of the transhumanist movement, or, more accurately, it is the point when humans enter a post-human phase of existence.

That assumes we are still here, of course. Need a reason to fear the future? How about the this quote from a Singularity paper written more than ten years ago by SF author Vernor Vinge:

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.

- Abstract of a paper given by Vernor Vinge at the VISION-21 Symposium, March 30-31,1993

Thanks, Verne. Like I need another reason to stay in bed tomorrow.

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