Defined by Vernor Vinge as the postulated point or short period in our future when our self-guided evolutionary development accelerates enormously (powered by nanotechnology, neuroscience, AI, and perhaps uploading) so that nothing beyond that time can reliably be conceived. The Singularity is a common matter of discussion in transhumanist circles. There is no concise definition, but usually the Singularity is meant as a future time when societal, scientific and economic change is so fast we cannot even imagine what will happen from our present perspective, and when humanity will become posthumanity. Another definition is the singular time when technological development will be at its fastest.

Articles on that refer to Singularity

Max More and Ray Kurzweil on the Singularity By Max More and Ray Kurzweil
Singularity Math Trialogue By Ray Kurzweil, Vernor Vinge, and Hans Moravec
What is the Singularity? By John Smart
The Law of Accelerating Returns By Ray Kurzweil
Singularity Chat with Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil By Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil
The Technological Singularity By Vernor Vinge
Exploring the 'Singularity' By James John Bell
Tearing Toward the Spike By Damien Broderick
Artificial General Intelligence: Now Is the Time By Ben Goertzel
Singularities and Nightmares By David Brin

News Articles that refer to Singularity

Singularity Summit At Stanford Explores Future Of 'Superintelligence'
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Singularity University Launches Inaugural Summer Program At Moffett Field
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Ray Kurzweil and David Chalmers to Headline Singularity Summit 2009 in New York
Singularity is a major focus of Foresight SIGs
Singularity Summit at Stanford presentations and audio now online
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