Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 7th May 2007 03:14 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Vernor Vinge, 62, is a pioneer in artificial intelligence, who in a recent interview warned about the risks and opportunities that an electronic super-intelligence would offer to mankind. Vinge is a retired San Diego State University professor of mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is well-known for his 1993 manifesto, "The Coming Technological Singularity", in which he argues that exponential growth in technology means a point will be reached where the consequences are unknown. Vinge still believes in this future, which he thinks would come anytime after 2020.
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RE: His other job.
by jchildrose on Mon 7th May 2007 04:15 UTC in reply to "His other job."
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>>It should be noted that Vernor Vinge is also a science fiction writer.<<

Yeah? So? The fact that he has written a couple of sci-fi stories should automatically discredit him or this theory?

It's not as though he made this up for the plot of a science fiction novel; heck, it's not as though he even came up with the idea on his own - the idea pre-dates his essay by a couple of decades.

Read up on the subject - it's quite interesting. I would highly recommend Ray Kurzweil's book on the subject. That is unless, of course he should be discredited for collaborating with Our Lady Peace on their Spiritual Machines album. Such frivolity.

--my .02

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