Being a bit of a scifi geek (which is odd considering my epic fail in all subjects remotely related to science), today's subject absolutely fascinates me.
The technical singularity is the hypothetical emergence of "superintelligence through technological means." The idea was first coined by mathematician John von Neumann and later popularized by Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor, and director of engineering at Google) and Vernor Vinge (a retired Professor of Mathematics at San Diego State University, and author of the Hugo Award winning novels, A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky). I have read enough about Ray to think maybe he's a little nutty but Vernor Vinge? In the realm of scifi, he's numero uno in my book, and considering his credentials I'm inclined to listen when he says the technical singularity could occur as early as 2030. I don't believe it, mind you, because let's face it, that's a mere 17 years away. But I do think it will happen. Just not like anyone thinks it will.
What do you think about this idea?
If you want to read more about the singularity go here, or here.