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VIII. Future Trajectories

Singularity

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.part8

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

More, M. and Vita-More, N. (eds) (2013) Future Trajectories, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.part8

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:

  • technological change;
  • technological singularity;
  • transhumanism

Summary

This chapter provides a glimpse of the themes covered in the eighth section of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. While transhumanism is a broad worldview that anticipates using technology to overcome human limits, the singularity is a specific model (or set of models) of technological change and its trajectory into the future. The section clarifies and critically examines thinking about the singularity, starting with Vernor Vinge's seminal essay. Anders Sandberg analyzes models of technological singularity in detail, looking for their commonalities and differences. The final essay in the part collects the 1998 deliberations of a number of transhumanist thinkers to critically discuss the singularity, as initially defined by Vinge, in its technological and economic aspects.