Monday, October 4, 2010

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Venor Vinge

Vernor Steffen Vinge (pronounced /ˈvɪndʒi/) (born October 2, 1944 in Waukesha, WisconsinU.S.) is a retired San Diego State University (SDSU) Professor of Mathematicscomputer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and novellas A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), Rainbows End (2006), Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002) and The Cookie Monster (2004), as well as for his 1984 novel The Peace War and his 1993 essay "The Coming Technological Singularity", in which he argues that exponential growth in technology will reach a point beyond which we cannot even speculate about the consequences.

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.
— "The Coming Technological Singularity" by Vernor Vinge, 1993

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