Singularity Hypotheses: An Overview

Introduction to: Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment
  • Amnon H. Eden
  • Eric Steinhart
  • David Pearce
  • James H. Moor
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Abstract

Bill Joy in a widely read but controversial article claimed that the most powerful 21st century technologies are threatening to make humans an endangered species. Indeed, a growing number of scientists, philosophers and forecasters insist that the accelerating progress in disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotechnology may lead to what they refer to as the technological singularity: an event or phase that will radically change human civilization, and perhaps even human nature itself, before the middle of the 21st century.

Keywords

Black Hole Technological Progress Machine Intelligence Science Fiction Singularity Hypothesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amnon H. Eden
    • 1
  • Eric Steinhart
    • 2
  • David Pearce
    • 3
  • James H. Moor
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and, Electronic EngineeringUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyWilliam Paterson UniversityWayneUSA
  3. 3.knightsbridge OnlineBrightonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PhilosophyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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