Singularity + Sci-Fi = My Nerdy Request
March 30, 2008 8:57 PM Subscribe
What are some good sci-fi stories (both short and full-length) that explore the idea of singularity
posted by pedmands to writing & language (37 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
There's a lot of good sci-fi out there, and googling leads me to chase red herrings while trying to find summaries of collections and novels that aren't yielding what I'm looking for...
Ideally I'd like the story to outline Terry Gorssman's idea of singularity arriving in stages:
"According to Grossman and other singularitarians, immortality will arrive in stages. First, lifestyle and aggressive antiaging therapies will allow more people to approach the 125-year limit of the natural human lifespan. This is bridge one. Meanwhile, advanced medical technology will begin to fix some of the underlying biological causes of aging, allowing this natural limit to be surpassed. This is bridge two. Finally, computers become so powerful that they can model human consciousness. This will permit us to download our personalities into nonbiological substrates. When we cross this third bridge, we become information. And then, as long as we maintain multiple copies of ourselves to protect against a system crash, we won't die."
But I'd also settle for immortality and the possible dystopian nature of it. Macabre and tragedy yield brownie points.
What can you wonderful sci-fi-natics dig up for me?