Re: What is the singularity?

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 11:37:36 MDT

On Mon, Jul 30, 2001 at 10:11:05AM -0500, Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> Does anybody else have memory of an earlier, more generic meaning for the
> term singularity? Am I having false memories, or is my mind-wipe fading?
> :-)

No, you come from a certain parallel universe where Vernor Vinge was mainly
interested in the effects of intelligence amplification, although he
suggested that other approaches to the singularity are possible.

In this universe we are mainly discussing Jeremy Rifkins idea of the
singularity (mainly wildly evolving AI), while Vinge writes dystopian
sf/social commentary about a future where everything is predictable and

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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