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Skeptical of the Singularity

The Daylight Atheism site is taking a stab at a few stock SF tropes, including The Singularity and Cryonics. Blogger Ebonmuse suggests that our assumption that they simply will happen, sooner or later, sounds a little like blind faith.

The fastest number-cruncher imaginable, if given faulty data, will produce nothing of meaningful application to the real world. And it follows that the dreamed-of Singularity machines will never exist, or at least will never be the godlike omnisciences they’re envisioned as. Even they would have to engage in the same process of slow, painstaking investigation that mere human scientists carry out.

The comments on both posts are interesting as well.

What do you think? Are these technologies inevitable, or are they SF pipe dreams?

Posted in Science January 23rd, 2009 by Chip
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