Time article: 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

On 17 February, 2011, in Info, by Adam A. Ford

A well written article that elucidates.


“The difficult thing to keep sight of when you’re talking about the Singularity is that even though it sounds like science fiction, it isn’t, no more than a weather forecast is science fiction. It’s not a fringe idea; it’s a serious hypothesis about the future of life on Earth. There’s an intellectual gag reflex that kicks in anytime you try to swallow an idea that involves super-intelligent immortal cyborgs, but suppress it if you can, because while the Singularity appears to be, on the face of it, preposterous, it’s an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.”

It is hard for some people to stop equating the Technological Singularity with science fiction when they encounter the incredible claims, and it is not difficult for some to class it alongside ufo cults, which stops them from taking the prospect of the Technological Singularity seriously, and they give it no further serious thought.

The author Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp, Codex, and The Magicians, the latter of which was published in hardcover by Viking/Penguin in 2009, and in paperback by Plume/Penguin in May 2010. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME and is co-author of the TIME.com blog TechLand.


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