The Singularity

More interesting as history than futurism

Isn’t there a religion that claims the world ended in 1918, and we are all living in something else now? Three-Toed Sloth suggests humanity has already experienced transition through the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil’s techno-parousia. It happened in the nineteenth century, it was called the Industrial Revolution, and it ended in 1918. Then why does science fiction place it in the future? I might say it’s because science fiction takes place in the future (except for Neal Stephenson’s), but maybe that’s circular reasoning. Three-Toed Sloth thinks it’s because “the owl of Minerva flies at dusk,” which phrase I hope to work into conversation soon.

Seen at less than singular.


One Reply to “The Singularity”

  1. An interesting theory, but his evidence is a little shaky. (the Futurist Manifesto reads like a thousand other self-important college kids’ attempts to be different– and is not even notable for being especially short sighted in the glorification of the young, strong and rash)

    Creation of vast, inhuman distributed systems of information-processing, communication and control, “the coldest of all cold monsters”?

    …I don’t think his self-regulating market is much like my self regulating market… it could be said to process information, but only on the individual level; communication is wider, but still very limited, and the control is no different from no system at the worst.

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