I don’t think we’re done talking about the ideas in Prime Intellect just yet. Vernor Vinge told us in 1993 that “[w]ithin thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” I guess it’s time to read his paper. And eventually I’m gonna be able to get together all the thoughs that have been swirling through my mind for the last week about Vinge’s amazing novel A Deepness In the Sky. I’ve just finished it, and started it again, and it has caused me no end of mental anguish. Now, to get all that into words, it will be no mean feat.
The Singularity is a seperate issue, but hey, science fiction isn’t something I’ve been doing enough thinking about recently, so it’s all a bit of a jumble at the moment.