"...all these worlds..." is a blog by David Hitt. It covers space exploration, decent science fiction, humor (by its very nature), and whatever else I happen to find cool. (Formerly "You Must Fight The Bear")
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:: Monday, August 16, 2004 ::
Whither The Future
There's an article in Popular Science that has some rather interesting bits, about The Singularity and its effect on science fiction. The idea was conceived by Vernor Vinge, a computer scientist and science-fiction writer who’s now a professor emeritus at San Diego State University. We’re living through a period of unprecedented technological and scientific advances, Vinge says, and sometime soon the convergence of fields such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology will push humanity past a tipping point, ushering in a period of wrenching change. After that moment—the Singularity—the world will be as different from today’s world as this one is from the Stone Age. To try to summarize the element of the article I found interesting, the idea, not even put into such concrete terms, that a Singularity is pending in the immediate future (say the next 20 years), has diminished the world of science fiction, which is having a difficult time creating futures which are both advanced from our own and believable.