Monday, October 18, 2010

Why the Singularity isn't going to happen

"I don't believe in the singularity for the same reason I don't believe in Heaven." Thus begins Annalee Newitz's column in io9, a blog that focuses on futurism, science fiction, and technology. The article, called "Why the Singularity isn't going to happen," discusses the unpredictability of technology and its effects on us. Cory Doctorow discusses her objections in Boing Boing.

1 comment:

Simon Levy said...

I almost stopped reading when she made the idiotic comment about antibiotics. (Perhaps she would like to forgo them for herself or her family next time one of them gets a serious infection.) I did stop reading when she mentioned "a bacteria" [sic]. Maybe she's so against the idea of the singularity that she doesn't know the correct singular form.

Of course, Singularitarians are religious nuts like any others, and predicting the future is mostly a waste of time. But you don't need to read this poorly-written article to realize that.