I think human and computer intelligence will be mixed together just as it is now. A war between a group that used the latest technology and a group of humans who eschewed modern technology would be a very short war.
Ray Kurzweil (via Las Vegas Sun News)
A Singularity has no business model, no major power group in our society is interested in provoking one, nobody who matters sees any reason to create one, there’s no there there.
Bruce Sterling, via Edge
Steampunk Insectoid and Spider Pin Cushion by Daniel Proulx / Catherinette Rings
You know, some people think it’s childish that some among us prepare for an eventual Zombie Singularity, but who’s going to be laughing when their Auntie is gnawing off their elbows and we’re sitting in our Vaults with all our steampunk gadgetry and mechanical spider sentries to protect us?
Maybe a botnet will reach a threshold for self-awareness and apply for citizenship in a country that provides legal protections against forced labor. Maybe a group of aging supercomputers will suddenly file a class-action lawsuit in a federal court seeking legal protections against being summarily turned off without their consent.
Peter Remine, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots (via NPR)
We’d like to avoid a war with superhuman machines, because humans would lose — and we’d lose more quickly than is depicted in, say, The Terminator.
Luke Muehlhauser, CEO of the Singularity Institute (via reddit)
But reverse-engineering something that is the product of almost 4 billion years of evolution, that has been tweaked and finessed in complex and incomprehensible ways, and that is dependent on activity at a sub-cellular level, by hacking it apart and taking pictures of it? Total bollocks.
PZ Myers on uploading brains to computers