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This is a name of a book. I bumped into this one few days back and believe me, it will change the way you see future of computation.

So what the heck is singularity? Am copying few things here veratim from this book

The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.

An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense “intuitive linear” view. So we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate). The “returns,” such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. There’s even exponential growth in the rate of exponential growth. Within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence, leading to The Singularity — technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. The implications include the merger of biological and nonbiological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light.

 

Few really interesting things I found in this book are:

1. When you copy a bit from one place to another in memory, no energy(enery as energy in Physics) is released. But when you delete that bit, some ebergy is released.

2. You can compute things from the spin of electrons.

3. A rock, if used wisely(i.e technically well), can work better than a human brain.

For more details on this book, please visit: http://www.singularity.com/

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  1. Lee Chisholm
    Check out http://singinst.org/ if you’re interested in learning more about the organization behind this philosophy and study.  I am very enthusiastic about the work being done on the AGI front and would definitely call myself a ‘singularitan’.

    If you think about it, in our current form we’re not really meant to do things like explore space and the oceans.  In the future though, this will likely all change. 

    It’s nice to see that there is people working on a safe way to get to this future.  It’s hard to comprehend because it’s still so far away, yet we do need to have focus and control around the development of AGI.

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      1. Lee Chisholm
        Hi Jurgen,
        Why wouldn’t you keep your identity concerns to the proper channels? It sounds like you certainly have a heart of fire over the issue, but it’s bad etiquette to come into a blog entry and simply spam somebody over their identity without even adding a single comment over the blog content itself.

        The message you are putting out there is “I don’t care about this great blog about the Singularity, all I want to do is be a profile cop and nag people about putting their full names up online”.

        There is better channels (such as your links) to debate online identity.

        Lee

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        1. Jürgen Mayer
          Hello Lee,

          that I didn’t comment about the blog content I agree with you and I feel sorry.

          Regarding your online identity I found it the only way to adress you.

          This is my last comment about online identity here.

          Jürgen

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