Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tukinghorn reads Ansible. And you?

Ansible is a one person SF fan site,written by a guy named Dave Langford: an evolution of a multiple-Hugo-award- winning fanzine that has been published monthly since 1979 (!) Always worth a look. He mentions something about Vernor Vinge that has bothered me for a while....

Vernor Vinge has been quietly airbrushed out of history, as far as the San Francisco Chronicle is concerned: 'Singularity University, which will be housed on the NASA Ames base near Mountain View and begin classes in June, is the brainchild of Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. [...] At the core of the university's mission is Kurzweil's theory of "Technological Singularity," which theorizes that a number of exponentially growing technologies -- such as nanotechnology and biotechnology -- will massively increase human intelligence over the next two decades and fundamentally reshape the future of humanity. In his 2005 book, "The Singularity is Near," Kurzweil famously predicted that artificial intelligence would soon allow machines to improve themselves with unforeseeable consequences.' (3 February) [DB] No mere science fiction writer could have conceived such wonders. Especially not in the 1980s.

1 comment:

Christian Lindke said...

It's not like Vinge and Kurzweil did an online chat on the subject together in 2002 either.

Or that Kurzweil doesn't admit that the idea came from Vinge.

Looks like the Chronicle might deserve to die...if they can't do a quick search of Kurzweil's site to find information regarding the origin of the idea.