The Coming Technological Singularity

How to Survive in the Post-Human Era

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Author: Vernor Vinge
Published: 1993
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,656 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.2
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(c) 1993 by Vernor Vinge. This article may be reproduced for noncommercial purposes if it is copied in its entirety, including this notice.

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ere able to follow it, in some sense that might say something about the plausibility of such kindness in this universe.)

I have argued above that we cannot prevent the Singularity, that its coming is an inevitable consequence of the humans' natural competitiveness and the possibilities inherent in technology. And yet ... we are the initiators. Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things. We have the freedom to establish initial conditions, make things happen in ways that are less inimical than others. Of course (as with starting avalanches), it may not be clear what the right guiding nudge really is:

Other Paths to the Singularity: Intelligence Amplification

When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project. But as I noted at the beginning of this paper, there are other paths to superhumanity. Computer networks and human-computer interfaces seem more mundane than AI, and yet they could lead to the Singularity. I ca

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Average Rating of 4.7 from 3 reviews: *****
2011.09.21
bhold
****.

Interesting speculative essay on what happens when (if) machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence, and ways in which this could possibly occur. Copyrighted in 1993, you will certainly want to read more current works if you are interested in AI.

2007.03.31
Tobias Shively
*****

Nice, knowledge is our "savoir"!

2005.09.15
Ken
*****

A must-read for everyone.


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