Documenting the Coming Singularity

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Want to Live Forever?

Hartford Advocate - August 7, 2008 by Adam Bulger

The human-life-extension movement sees a glorious future for us all

"Transhumanism is the idea that it's OK to transcend the limitations of the body and brain and take control of reproduction," said former World Transhumanist Association Executive Director James Hughes. "And add to that the belief that it's probably a good idea." It's hardly a surprise that transhumanist ideas have spread widely through the Internet. Dovetailing with its growth is a related idea called the singularity, a projection of future dramatic technological advancement. The singularity was first proposed by science fiction author Verner Vinge in a 1983 Omni magazine article. Vinge wrote, "Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly thereafter, the human era will be ended." Like many such futurist projections, this one is unlikely to come true—we'd have to achieve all this by 2013.

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