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Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization

Vernor Vinge Is Optimistic About the Collapse of Civilization | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Noted author and futurist Vernor Vinge is surprisingly optimistic when it comes to the prospect of civilization collapsing.

"Vinge: I think there are all sorts of different paths to the Singularity, at least five pretty different paths. I think they’re going to be all mixed together, but it still helps to think about them separately because it makes them easier to track. For instance, there’s classical artificial intelligence. You just build a big machine and hope you can figure out some way to make it very, very smart. Or really one that is very much I think in a lot of people’s minds now is simply that the internet plus the people on the internet — so the internet, its computers, its support software, its server farms, and then billions of human beings — those together could come to constitute a superhuman entity that would qualify as giving us a Singularity."

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Artificial intelligences and political organization: An exploration based on the science fiction work of Iain M. Banks 10.1016/j.techsoc.2011.12.005 : Technology in Society | ScienceDirect.com

"This paper, using science fiction as a heuristic support for exploring technical potentialities, is based on part of the works of Iain M. Banks, the novels of the “Culture series”, in order to examine the role of artificial intelligences and the effects they could have on the life of a community from a political point of view."

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