Documenting the Coming Singularity

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Survival of the Machines - David Sachs

The Gazette, Saturday, July 19

In the movie The Terminator, set in the not-too-distant future, computers become smart enough to break free of the tyranny of their human masters. Of course, the computers round up and kill the humans. It doesn't look like a lot of fun in the movie.

In the real world, a few researchers are working toward a moment that feels inspired by such science fiction: a tipping point when smart computers themselves become capable of creating smarter computers, at a speed and in a direction we cannot predict.

That moment is the Singularity.

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