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The Technological Singularity

Managing the Journey

  • Victor Callaghan
  • James Miller
  • Roman Yampolskiy
  • Stuart Armstrong

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Risks of, and Responses to, the Journey to the Singularity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Kaj Sotala, Roman Yampolskiy
      Pages 11-23
    3. Kaj Sotala, Roman Yampolskiy
      Pages 25-83
  3. Managing the Singularity Journey

  4. Reflections on the Journey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. James D. Miller
      Pages 223-228
    3. James D. Miller
      Pages 229-244
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-261

About this book


This volume contains a selection of authoritative essays exploring the

central questions raised by the conjectured technological singularity.

In informed yet jargon-free contributions written by active research

scientists, philosophers and sociologists, it goes beyond philosophical

discussion to provide a detailed account of the risks that the singularity

poses to human society and, perhaps most usefully, the possible actions

that society and technologists can take to manage the journey to any

singularity in a way that ensures a positive rather than a negative

impact on society. The discussions provide perspectives that cover technological,

political and business issues. The aim is to bring clarity and rigor

to the debate in a way that will inform and stimulate both experts and

interested general readers.


Engineered Negligible Senescence Futures Studies Intelligence Explosion Intelligent Machines Technological Singularity Technology Acceleration Technology Forecasting Transhumanism and Posthumanism

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Callaghan
    • 1
  • James Miller
    • 2
  • Roman Yampolskiy
    • 3
  • Stuart Armstrong
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Computer and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of EssexEssexUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Economics FacultySmith CollegeNorthamptonUSA
  3. 3.Univ of Louisville Dept. of Comp Engrng & Comp SciLouisvilleUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Philosophy Littlegate HouseUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Victor Callaghan is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Essex where he founded the Robotics and Intelligent Environments research groups, publishing over 300 related articles. He is president of the Association for the Advancement of Intelligent Environments, director the Creative Science Foundation and a founding board member of Sapience, organizations which all study the impact of artificial intelligence on our futures.

James D. Miller is Associate Professor of Economics at Smith College.  He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Stanford.  The author of the books Singularity Rising and Game Theory at Work,  he is interested in how increases in human and artificial intelligences will influence the economy.

Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab and an author of many books including Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are Artificial Intelligence Safety and Cybersecurity

Stuart Armstrong is, an Alexander Tamas research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, works on formal decision theory, general existential risk, the risks and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), how AIs can learn humane values, assessing expertise and predictions, and anthropic (self-locating) probability. His booklet “Smarter than Us: the rise of machine intelligence” lays out some the challenges in this area.

Bibliographic information


“There is a wealth of information here, including hundreds of references to recent research. The editors have done a fine job of collecting and presenting all sides of the AGI issue. The papers are well written, and are all relevant … . this book should be of interest to anyone wishing to learn about the technological singularity and its implications.” (G. R. Mayforth, Computing Reviews, May, 2018)​