35. Technological Singularity

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Vernor Vinge

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch35

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Vinge, V. (2013) Technological Singularity, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch35

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • intelligence amplification (IA);
  • superhumanity;
  • technological Singularity

Summary

The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of this century. We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. The precise cause of this change is the imminent creation by technology of entities with greater-than-human intelligence. The chapter presents some possible projects that take on special significance, given the intelligence amplification (IA) point of view. These examples illustrate research that can be done within the context of contemporary computer science departments. This discussion of IA would yield some clearly safer approaches to the Singularity. The problem is not simply that the technological Singularity represents the passing of humankind from center stage, but that it contradicts our most deeply held notions of being. A closer look at the notion of strong superhumanity can show why that is.