Re: Paths to the Singularity

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri Feb 11 2000 - 23:40:56 MST

>From: "Alexander McLin" <>

>-So far, hundreds of topics are discussed in this mailing list, among the
>most important is obviously the concept of Singularity. I know there are
>several possible paths to the singularity, such as stemming from the
>creation of AI systems which then suppresses their creators. Or the
>singularity will be initiated by the human merging with the technology and
>evolve into greater than human intellects.
>-What other possible paths are there? Which one do you think is the most
>likely outcome?

Personally, I think the most likely outcome is a convergence of
independently developing technologies. I don't know (obviously) which will
come to fruition first, but it is fairly obvious that once we have (1)
sufficiently workable nanotech, or (2) powerful and flexible AI, or (3)
extremely fast, small and powerful computers with extremely large storage
capacity, the other two will follow shortly. That, my friend, will be
called Singularity. My own personal (unscientific) belief is that once
those three areas of technology are developed, they will, of their own
"volition," converge on the internet (or its descendant) to turn the
global/orbital communications network into a huge, semi-sentient, virtual
brain. I for one, can't wait!!


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