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Singularity Hypotheses

Part of the series The Frontiers Collection pp 367-392

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Software Immortals: Science or Faith?

  • Diane ProudfootAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Canterbury Email author 

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Abstract

According to the early futurist Julian Huxley, human life as we know it is ‘a wretched makeshift, rooted in ignorance’. With modern science, however, ‘the present limitations and miserable frustrations of our existence could be in large measure surmounted’ and human life could be ‘transcended by a state of existence based on the illumination of knowledge’ (1957b, p. 16).