Change: Approaching 'singularity'

  • Article by: Karen Youso , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2009 - 9:17 AM

The pace of change is accelerating. Get used to it. It's not slowing down or going away, and there's a name for where we're headed.

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tomruenFeb. 20, 09 5:42 PM

Dreams are fun, but some don't end as well as we expect. Passengers on an airplane running out of fuel at 30,000 feet, noticing the exhilerating increase in velocity might get excited and wonder how it's all going to end. I'm sure the last generation of the Roman Empire where also looking UP for the next great fashion and trinket to distract them from disaster coming from below.

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tomruenFeb. 20, 09 6:06 PM

A different perspective to Jack Uldrich http://www.theupsideofdown.com/theargument.html

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barbreaderFeb. 20, 0911:48 PM

Terminator, the Sarah Conner Chronicles, right?

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eustacia3Feb. 20, 0911:58 PM

The future isn't always just an advanced version of the present. We cannot always anticipate social change, which will affect our lives far more than technology. For instance, what futurists predicted the success of the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement or the sexual revolution? This article is still living out the modernist ideal. Progress is finite.

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pfbramFeb. 21, 0912:05 AM

Singularity may not be a good word here. It shares some of the same properties as infinity. It's not so much an issue of comprehension as it is of the paradoxical and non-computable. Sometimes, things are terribly complex and can't be comprehended for practical reasons. Other times they can't be comprehended because the problem or question itself was malformed. But academics often like to pick the wrong word deliberately, because then you can write a book about redefining it. I work in the ivory tower myself...

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idontthinksoFeb. 21, 0912:19 AM

But the singularity increasingly looks like dividing by 0. Hard to feel all post-human when an increasing fraction of the world's population doesn't have food, medicine, shelter. Hope I'm wrong.

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erintwFeb. 21, 0912:30 AM

One possible future of all our exponential growth is detailed in "Hurtling Toward Oblivion", by Dr. Richard Swenson. In about 150 pages, he gives a nice peak around the corner of future history. Makes you really ponder the possibilities.

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scottco229Feb. 21, 09 6:29 AM

December 21, 2012...the dawn of the new age...the writer could be right, or full of sh..

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ajnaguyFeb. 21, 09 7:32 AM

Is that anything like a brick wall?

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frankenwolfFeb. 21, 09 7:42 AM

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:4

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