[ExI] more belated singularity mainstream

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Oct 10 21:24:44 UTC 2008

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 9:04 PM, Damien Broderick wrote:
> But hey--if everyone'd been onto it 10 years ago, it wouldn't be a very
> interesting singularity:
> <http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/arts/towards-tomorrow/2008/10/09/1223145538763.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1>
> Towards tomorrow
> October 11, 2008
> Brave and desolate new worlds emerge in creative contemplations of what lies
> ahead. Andrew Stephens wonders if we now face a future that cannot be
> foretold.
> Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil wrote The Singularity is Near in 2005,
> claiming that we are fast approaching the moment when technological change
> will spin beyond our comprehension and control. Melbourne science-fiction
> writer and academic Damien Broderick explored similar ideas in The Spike
> (1997), in which he posited that post-humanity will arrive in our lifetimes,
> not in the inconceivably distant future.

Hmmm.  So, it is over 11 years since you wrote 'The Spike'.

Still optimistic?

We have new toys since then, but has anything of much significance
helped to bring the Spike any nearer?


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