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First used in its current sense by mathematician and scifi writer Vernor Vinge in 1993, and introduced to popular culture by technology futurist Ray Kurzweil 1n 2005, the Singularity is the theoretical future point of hyper-accelerating societal, scientific and economic change made possible by the emergence of machine superintelligence.
The premier dialog on the Singularity, the first Singularity Summit was held at Stanford in 2006 to further understanding and discussion about the Singularity concept and the future of human technological progress. It was founded as a venue for leading thinkers to explore the subject, whether scientist, enthusiast, or skeptic.
Since 2006, the scope of this dialog has expanded dramatically. In 2008, the Singularity entered mainstream consideration. IEEE Spectrum, a sober and mainstream technology publication (and my old alumnus as the Japan Correspondent some time back), issued a special report on the Singularity, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner remarked that “we’re making steady progress toward the Singularity” during his keynote to 2,000 people at the Intel Developer Forum. What was once a relatively unknown concept is now being discussed in corporate boardrooms.
I’m definitely going (obviously, to those who know me), and heartily recommend that you join this extraordinary group of visionaries in business, science, technology, design, and the arts, as our diverse and growing community explores this exciting topic. Your participation offers a world of powerful ideas, a unique networking opportunity, and access to an exclusive directory of your peers.
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