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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Singularity? Yes or No

For years I have dismissed the idea of the singularity. I am beginning to accept that it is possible.

A recent discussion about good sci-fi books brought me to read the Vernor Vinge page on wikipedia. (I recommend his books.) That in turn led to reading the wiki page on the technical singularity.

Other items that have affected my growing acceptance include:

In terms of "thinking machines" I believe we will have the hardware soon. It is the software side of things where I'm not sure things will advance fast enough to have conscience AI's with in the next generation. (After all I'm still hoping for a patch to keep my Apple TV from rebooting at random, which is a small improvement over the BSOD.)

I would like to have Kurzweil's optimism, but at times I think Joy's fear may be more realistic. (Which makes one wonder if the Terminator show/movies only has the date of Judgement Day off by about 20 years.)

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