Rudy Rucker explains why the quest for immortality is a waste of your…

Over at Boing Boing, there's a must-read interview with rebel author Rudy Rucker, in which he reflects on weird physics and his various storytelling inspirations. And he delivers this gem, about the widespread obsession with living forever: » 2/20/12 6:20am 2/20/12 6:20am

How should Christians feel about Transhumanism?

Christianity teaches that the saved will live together, and many Christians believe in the Rapture, when the chosen few will be lifted up, leaving just their clothes behind. So how should Christians feel about ideas like Transhumanism and the Singularity, which involve another way to transcend your physical form and… » 12/12/11 3:30pm 12/12/11 3:30pm

Has Barack Obama's patent reform saved us from the rise of Skynet?

Most Silicon Valley companies were opposed to the patent reform law that President Obama signed last week. Some argue that the America Invents Act favors large megacorps over smaller companies, and could dampen innovation in the tech sector. » 9/29/11 1:40pm 9/29/11 1:40pm

Why "Computronium" is really "Unobtanium"

Computronium is defined by some as a substance which approaches the theoretical limit of computational power that we can achieve through engineering of the matter around us. It would mean that every atom of a piece of matter would be put to useful work doing computation. Such a system would reside at the ultimate… » 2/11/11 3:05pm 2/11/11 3:05pm

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It?

If you read any science fiction or futurism, you've probably heard people using the term "singularity" to describe the world of tomorrow. But what exactly does it mean, and where does the idea come from? We answer in today's io9 flashback. » 2/03/11 2:57pm 2/03/11 2:57pm

A computer learns the hard way: By reading the Internet

At Carnegie-Mellon university, a massive computer system called NELL (Never Ending Language Learner) is systematically reading the internet and analyzing sentences for semantic categories and facts, teaching itself English and educating itself in human affairs. We spoke to NELL's creators. » 10/08/10 4:20pm 10/08/10 4:20pm

Is astronomy the first post-Singularity science?

Nobody knows when (or if) The Singularity will arrive, bringing super-smart artificial intelligences — but within twenty years, astronomy could become the first discipline where discoveries outpace scientists' ability to keep up with them, says the Technology Review. » 10/05/10 2:37pm 10/05/10 2:37pm

Get reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally stoned and watch a documentary about the…

No, sorry, you're not stoned enough to watch the trailer for Turning Into Gods, the new Singularity documentary. You won't be able to appreciate lines like, "In order to use your head, you have to go out of your mind." » 6/03/10 12:30pm 6/03/10 12:30pm

Are there phenomena in the universe that will always be beyond human…

Just after we linked to the Physics and Cake blog's post about whether there might be a "ceiling" in the level of theoretical physics that humans can understand, Reith Lecturer Martin Rees wrote an essay for the London Times, explaining the first of his Reith Lectures. And Rees does believe that there may be intrinsic… » 6/01/10 2:20pm 6/01/10 2:20pm

What will physics research look like after the Singularity?

Over at the Physics And Cake blog, there's a great discussion of exactly how machines will replace theoretical physicists, with their only goal being to create a perfect model of the universe, and no ego at stake. » 6/01/10 9:30am 6/01/10 9:30am

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It?

If you read any science fiction or futurism, you've probably heard people using the term "singularity" to describe the world of tomorrow. But what exactly does it mean, and where does the idea come from? We answer in today's backgrounder. » 5/10/10 4:29pm 5/10/10 4:29pm

5 Novels To Help You Wait For The Coming Post-Scarcity Society

Can't wait for scarcity to end, and the Bitchun Society to begin? Us neither. That's why we're glad visionary writer R.U. Sirius has compiled his list of five positive science fiction novels to pass the time until the Singularity. [H-Plus] » 4/12/10 4:20pm 4/12/10 4:20pm

Everything You Need To Know About The Singularity (Until Your Brain's…

We can't wait until our brains are hardwired into cybernests, so we can fully appreciate the hilariousness of SpaceCollective's guide to skepticism about the Singularity. My fave part: This illustration, explaining how "extreme shit going down" leads to The Future. » 1/05/10 11:13am 1/05/10 11:13am

Can You Still Write Science Fiction Set In The Future?

The future is over! It's no longer possible to write about the future, because the Singularity will definitely happen in twenty years. We'll have artificial intelligence, and the meaning of humanity will be transformed. Is this idea hindering science fiction? » 8/08/09 3:00pm 8/08/09 3:00pm

We're Only 16 Years Away From Creating Actual Cylons

We're much closer than you think to the reality of a "mindclone" — a computer with the mental capacity of the human mind — says the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies' Martine Rothblatt. We're "close enough to feel the bits and bytes of cyberbreath on our cheeks." Ooh, spooky. » 5/21/09 2:42pm 5/21/09 2:42pm