10/09/2007

Is 'nerdocalypse' near?

At Singularity Summit, futurists ask what will happen when machines outthink us.

 

According to them, information technology is hurtling toward a point where machines will become smarter than their makers. If that happens, it will alter what it means to be human in ways almost impossible to conceive,  

 

Some critics have mocked singularists for their obsession with "techno-salvation" and "techno-holocaust" _ or what some wags have called the coming "nerdocalypse". Their predictions are grounded as much in science fiction as science, the detractors claim, and may never happen.

 

However, advocates argue it would be irresponsible to ignore the possibility of dire outcomes.