Bryan Moss (email@example.com)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 17:30:11 +0100
Iím always hearing the Singularity mentioned on
this list but Iím not sure if I understand the
concept fully. There are several different
scenarios Iíve heard:
think, is stretching statistics a little too far.
Artificial Intelligence speeds up the creation
of more powerful computers and intelligenceís.
This seems wrong because hardware and software
power is already a major factor in the increase of
hardware and software power. There is no reason to
suggest this trend would suddenly change.
A Super Intelligence emerges from a distributed
network, such as the Internet. I think this goes
against current network/software/hardware models
and that a distributed intelligence would only
emerge under certain (possibly engineered)
circumstances that current trends in hardware,
software and the economy would not support.
- The point where population growth apparently
goes infinite and that *something* must happen at
this point. For instance, we all upload and we
really can have an infinite population. This, I
Otherwise it is just treated as the point beyond
which we cannot predict (sometimes called the
Horizon). Although the curves are certainly moving
upwards I see no evidence that we should get ready
for a sudden surge in power, the collapse of world
government, the onslaught of Super Intelligenceís,
Anyone care to fill me in?