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​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity

​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity | smart cities | Scoop.it

In a nutshell, the Technological Singularity is a term used to describe the theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence matches and then exceeds human intelligence. The term was popularized by scifi writer Vernor Vinge, but full credit goes to the mathematician John von Neumann, who spoke of "ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue."

By "not continue" von Neumann was referring to the potential for humanity to lose control and fall outside the context of its technologies. Today, this technology is assumed to be artificial intelligence, or more accurately, recursively-improving artificial intelligence (RIAI), leading to artificial superintelligence (ASI).

Because we cannot predict the nature and intentions of an artificial superintelligence, we have come to refer to this sociological event horizon the Technological Singularity — a concept that's open to wide interpretation, and by consequence, gross misunderstanding.


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The Singularity and Socialism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The Singularity and Socialism - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | smart cities | Scoop.it

By definition, a singularity is something utterly peculiar unto itself, a species of being unmatched for its “this-ness.” The term has found usage in a number of domains, most significantly in physics, where a singularity defines a condition of matter whose mass is approaching zero as a function of its density approaching infinity. Cases of singularities or near singularities include black holes and the singularity that preceded the Big Bang.


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The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce

The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce | smart cities | Scoop.it

How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum


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