[FoRK] Is the singularity now only 13 years distant?
<lionkimbro at gmail.com> on
Fri Mar 30 11:35:50 PDT 2007
The best ever rendition of the plausible future I have ever seen
(and I've made a point of seeing a lot) is a book by Vernor
My personal review is at: http://communitywiki.org/en/RainbowsEnd
Basically, it takes place somewhere between 2020-2040,
and Pervasive Computing has been in existence for a while.
You can really start to get a sense to what pre-"singularity"
(whatever that "defining moment" might be) would feel like,
and how you would recognize change.
It focuses a lot of user interface and collective intelligence;
Nanotech hardly has a play, biotech is big (humanity is,
piece by piece, figuring out how to restore/regenerate/patch
different disorders,) people are figuring out how the brain
works in patches and spots, thinks like Amazon's Mechanical
Turk and Grid Computing look downright primitive, compared
to the "Analyst Pools" that can be ordered on the spot,
wearable computing is the norm, and...
I highly recommend to all technologists.
After you read that, THEN go rent or read Ghost in the Shell,
for entertainment. But read Rainbow's End for your substance.
On 3/30/07, Russell Turpin <deafbox at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I remember the heady 90s. The internet was going to change everything,
> even my refridgerator. Nanotechnology was about to make clothes washers
> obsolete, and soon would cure cancer and heart disease. And even those
> advances would be overshadowed by the singularity, which was destined
> to overtake us by no later than 2020. All the curves proved that.
> Anyone want to forecast the next singularity?
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