November 2, 2011

The Singularity: Rapture for Nerds

Wendy Grossman, The Guardian


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The science fiction writer and physicist, Vernor Vinge, borrowed the term "singularity" from the point of discontinuity in phenomena such as black holes and applied it to the creation of artificial intelligence. Thesingularity is the moment at which artificial intelligence passes human intelligence – and after that nothing, Vinge told Nasa in 1993, is predictable. For those who believe this prediction, the question is not if but when.

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