The Singularity

In just 36 years it seems there will be little implantable chips to keep our bodies alive forever and our minds occupied with blissful alternate realities; and lots of machines that are smarter than we are.

Ray Kurzweil wrote a book in the late ‘80s predicting that a computer would beat a chess master and that we’d all be doing research on the internet. His 2005 book The Singularity, which will apparently be turned into a (scary) movie later this year, tells us what will have happened by 2045.

Two things about this strike me. The first part, about living forever in bliss, sounds weirdly like what Jesus and Mohammed were talking about. But about that second part: What will those machines decide to do with all us stupid humans?

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1 Response to The Singularity

  1. Dave Aton says:

    “For a Breath I Tarry” by Roger Zelazny is the most brilliant treatment of this question that I have ever had the pleasure of reading (and re-reading). Highly recommended, of course.

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