TCLP 2010-10-06 Monologue: The Singularity

This is a feature cast, an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

In the intro, an update on last month’s finances for the podcast.

The hacker word of the week this week is firebottle.

The feature this week is a monologue on an idea I find fascinating and yet at the same time of which I am skeptical, the technological singularity. In the feature I mention the history of the idea, the Omega Point, “Accelerando” by Charlie Stross, True Names by Cory Doctorow and Ben Rosenbaum, the Ware Tetralogy by Rudy Rucker, my review of Rucker’s more recent duology, the “Eclipse Two” anthology containing David Moles story, “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil, the Singularity University, the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, my Inner Chapter on why programming is hard, Gordon Moore’s criticism of the singularity, other criticisms, Rudy Rucker’s response to the ideal of simulating the earth, and “Diaspora” by Greg Egan.


View the detailed show notes online. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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