Good read: are we already living in the technological singularity? | via theguardian.com

Are we already living in the technological singularity? | Books | theguardian.com.

The news has been turning into science fiction for a while now. TVs that watch the watcher,growing tiny kidneys3D printingthe car of tomorrowAmazon’s fleet of delivery drones – so many news stories now “sound like science fiction” that the term returns 1,290,000 search results on Google. The pace of technological innovation is accelerating so quickly that it’s possible to perform this test in reverse. Google an imaginary idea from science fiction and you’ll almost certainly find scientists researching the possibility. Warp driveThe MultiverseA space elevator to the stars? Maybe I can formulate this as Walter’s law – “Any idea described in sci-fi will on a long enough timescale be made real by science.” The most radical prediction of science fiction is the technological singularity. As author and mathematician Vernor Vinge put it in his 1993 essay The Coming Technological Singularity, “Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” Blimey. Sounds a bit serious…

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