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Singularity’s Potential for Sustainability and Environmental Health and Well-Being

  • David Courard-HauriEmail author
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In mathematics, a singularity is a point where a function is not well behaved, for example, because it takes an infinite value or is undifferentiable. In physics, black holes are frequently referred to as singularities, because they represent sites where physical laws break down and gravitation becomes, for practical purposes, infinite. “The Technological Singularity,” to which we will refer here as simply “the singularity,” would be an analogous event in technological development. Authors differ on exactly what would define singularity-type development, but most identify it with either the development of super-human intelligence, machine consciousness, or effectively instantaneous technological advancement.

Sustainabilityis similarly broadly defined, but it is commonly associated with the UN World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission), which, referring specifically to sustainable development, defined it as acting in a way to “…meet the needs...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Drake UniversityDes MoinesUSA

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  • Catherine Zeman
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  1. 1.HRCS/COE and RRTTC/CHASUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA