[FoRK] Is the singularity now only 13 years distant?

Luis Villa <luis at tieguy.org> on Fri Mar 30 13:08:39 PDT 2007

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On 3/30/07, Lion Kimbro <lionkimbro at gmail.com> wrote:
>   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
>   Vinge called:
>
>       Rainbows End
>
>   http://www.amazon.com/Rainbows-End-Novel-Foot-Future/dp/0312856849
>
>   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.
>
>   Take care,
>     Lion =^_^=
>
>
>
> 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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