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on: May 17, 2011, 08:19
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This is just an idea so far (and not necessarily related to EFP, although ideas may be shared and disseminated within EFP), but as the so-called "technological singularity" (cf. document below) is being increasingly mentioned, e.g.:

- In an event hosted by “The Economist” (2011): http://www.kurzweilai.net/vivek-kundra-on-the-singularity
- The New York Times (2010): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/business/13sing.html
- IEEE (2010): http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/ray-kurzweils-slippery-futurism
- Die Zeit (2011): http://www.zeit.de/wissen/2011-02/gedanken-computer-datenspeicher

With different views – some skeptical, others convinced, some optimistic and others concerned, it may be interesting – or even necessary – to further assess this idea from an interdisciplinary science-based perspective. Although much is already being written and discussed about this topic it seems that there is a lack of a coherent scientific analysis of the phenomenon. Is it just a hype or is it something to be concerned about? What are the different concepts, ideas and definitions of the term and how and on which basis is the concept of the “technological singularity” being shaped?

I would like to propose the idea of a scientific research project to assess the concepts and ideas of the “technological singularity” that cuts through natural science and engineering as well as social and political sciences as well as humanities.

You can access a short background and proposal document here:
http://www.foresight-platform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Scientific_Singularity_Studies.pdf

And please let me know about your ideas and potential funding, consortia, sponsors and clients. (contact: leis.miriam@gmail.com).

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on: May 24, 2011, 11:35
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Impressions from the Club of Amsterdam event: "The Future of the Singularity" http://bit.ly/l7tmfR

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