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Discussion Group: "The Technological Singularity"

Note the change in venue from the Old Quarry branch to the Yarborough branch.

 "The Technological Singularity"Discussion led by Mike Ignatowski.

Here are some links to information you might consider looking at before the discussion: 

Here is the best simple brief introduction to the concept of the technological singularity that I came across:

http://www.good.is/post/singularity-101-what-is-the-singularity/

A somewhat more in-depth and enthusiastically positive introduction:

http://singinst.org/overview/whatisthesingularity/

A good non-technical overview of the issues from Time Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2048299-1,00.html

Of course there is also a Wikipedia article on the Technological Singularity, but I found that beyond the introduction and basic concepts sections, the article reads more like a list of references and not an easy to follow discussion.  

Criticisms of the technological singularity concepts - somewhat long and technical at points.   

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/27206/


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  • Elze H

    Moderated by Mike Ignatowski, we discussed such questions as: is the Singularity more likely to happen as a hard takeoff (a computer develops human-level AI, and then within a few hours doubles, quadruples it, etc., and very soon becomes intelligent beyond our comprehension and takes over the world), or soft takeoff (technological advance is gradual enough so any given human does not lose comprehension of what's happening; however, in a few hundreds of years the society and technology nonetheless changes so much that it's incomprehensible to a modern-day human); can human mind be simulated on a computer, and does it even matter? Can Singularity happen without artificial intelligence at all? Will economical Singularity bring mass joblessness? Should we move away from job-based society? Read more about the discussion in my blog post: http://sf.geekitude.com/content/center-inquiry-austin-discussion-technological-singularity-11092011

    November 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I came in expecting a coffee house discussion and got one. I was afraid of saying anything stupid because everyone was smarter than me. I hope to "brain storm" in such a group more.

    November 10, 2011

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