Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment offers authoritative, jargon-free essays and critical commentaries on accelerating technological progress and the notion of technological singularity. It focuses on conjectures about the intelligence explosion, transhumanism, and whole brain emulation. Recent years have seen a plethora of forecasts about the profound, disruptive impact that is likely to result from further progress in these areas. Many commentators however doubt the scientific rigor of these forecasts, rejecting them as speculative and unfounded. We therefore invited prominent computer scientists, physicists, philosophers, biologists, economists and other thinkers to assess the singularity hypotheses. Their contributions go beyond speculation, providing deep insights into the main issues and a balanced picture of the debate.
Introduces and analyses the various notions of a technological singularityExamines the intelligence explosion hypothesis and its potential consequencesDraws together expert reports on exponentially advancing technologies in a variety of fields, from artificial intelligence to neuroscienceAddresses the potential merger of man and machineEssential reading for everyone concerned with planning for the medium- and long-term future