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Evidence of science-fictional concepts like Singularity creeping into mainstream culture [Jul. 31st, 2009|12:55 am]
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Its always interesting when I see an idea or concept from a science fiction novel show up or get referenced in real life. Today I attended a virtual conference on providing library services for mobile/cell/smart phone and other handheld device users and one of the keynote speakers used the singularity concept as one of the cornerstones of his discussion on how technological culture is evolving. He even mentioned Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzwell.

I first encountered the singularity meme 20 years ago in Vinge's "Marooned in Realtime." It impressed me so much that I tried to explain it in French to my classmates while studying that summer in Quebec. I'm not sure how well that really turned out, but never-the-less it seems like the word is spreading :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity
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[User Picture]From: randy_byers
2009-07-31 03:52 pm (UTC)
Dude, you've got to read Ken MacLeod, who got off the great quip about the Singularity in one of his books: "It's Rapture for the nerds!"
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[User Picture]From: trinfaneb
2009-08-02 02:57 am (UTC)
Ohh, he sounds promising! :)
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