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: Singularity
by martineriksen on Mon 7th May 2007 11:12 UTC in reply to "Singularity"
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It's all a question of revolution vs. evolution. An example:

When the Wright brothers started flying, the other propeller plains that followed, where just evolutionary discoveries. Then came the jetplane, which was a revolution for the field of aviation, which then again gave us many evolutionary advances.

So if history has tought us anything, is that now and again a revolutionary discovery is made, that changes everything in a particular field. Who know what is in store for computing, that might give us true AI. Only time will tell.

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