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technological singularity


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  • n. A predicted future event in human history caused by the ever-increasing ability of new technology to speed up the rate at which new technology is developed.


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  • Fascinating. As an official computer/technology guy, I'm both edge-of-my-seat excited and head-in-the-sand terrified. I want Asimov and Star Trek, not Terminator and The Matrix.

    January 23, 2008

  • The technological singularity is a hypothesized point in the future variously characterized by the technological creation of self-improving intelligence, unprecedentedly rapid technological progress, or some combination of the two.

    Statistician I. J. Good first wrote of an "intelligence explosion", suggesting that if machines could even slightly surpass human intellect, they could improve their own designs in ways unseen by their designers, and thus recursively augment themselves into far greater intelligences. Vernor Vinge later called this event "the Singularity" as an analogy between the breakdown of modern physics near a gravitational singularity and the drastic change in society he argues would occur following an intelligence explosion. In the 1980s, Vinge popularized the Singularity in lectures, essays, and science fiction. More recently, some AI researchers have voiced concern over the potential dangers of Vinge's Singularity.


    January 22, 2008