Thursday, August 02, 2012

Come the Singularity there WILL be such a thing as a Free Lunch!

Digital Rapture: The Haiku Contest Comes to the World Science Fiction Convention

Watch the morons march.
Heaven becomes cyberspace.
No going back now.
            —James Patrick Kelly

Look at my new brain:
Who needs a freakin' body?
            —John Kessel

Is the Rapture of the Nerds just around the corner?  Or is the Vingean posthuman technological Singularity the biggest myth since Y2K?  You knowand you can prove it in verse.

Post or email ( us a haiku that is either pro- (it's totally gonna happen) or con- (as if!) Singularity.  There will be two winners, one for each argument.  Attendees at Chicon 7, the World Science Fiction Convention, will be treated to A FREE LUNCH with James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, the esteemed editors of Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology.

At Worldcon, the winners and the editors will meet and try to convince one another; Jim believes (sort of) and John says no way.  If you win but will not be attending Chicon, you can designate a friend to defend your position (or eat your lunch).  Winners and top three entrants will also receive a copy of Digital Rapture signed by the editors and several contributors and will be immortalized (until the Singularity) on Tachyon’s Facebook page.

Remember, the future of transhumanity depends on your seventeen syllables...

About the Singularity:

Vernor Vinge
“In thirty years [2023], we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligences.  Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” 

James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (in Digital Rapture)
“If you believe in evolution (as well you should!), then it follows that, one day, something might come along to replace you.  Many of the early masters of science fiction thought so. Isaac Asimov was certain that we wouldn’t need to worry much before the year 30-bazillion a.d. or so.  But Asimov wrote in an era before iPads and the Internet, an innocent time when mere humans still ruled the worlds of chess and Jeopardy.   

At the turn of the twenty-first century, Vernor Vinge warned that we might already be inventing our successor species through technological advances. That just maybe the advent of the post-humans wasn’t in the far future but was, in fact, scheduled for next Thursday. He called this (possibly) apocalyptic event the Singularity—and the future would never be the same.

When the Singularity comes, will humans be enslaved by artificial intelligence, or will there be an ecstatic Rapture of the Nerds?”

“The technological singularity is the hypothetical future emergence of greater-than-human superintelligence through technological means.  Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the occurrence of a technological singularity is seen as an intellectual event horizon, beyond which events cannot be predicted or understood.  Proponents of the singularity typically state that an "intelligence explosion", where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.”

Full entry here.


Anonymous catfish said...

it will not matter
there are many kinds of brains
mind is more than thought

8/07/2012 7:38 AM  
Blogger Sthenno said...

In the present day
Who designs a computer
Without computers?

8/07/2012 7:46 AM  
Blogger mordicai said...

Oh, it will happen,
but it won't be post-HUMAN.
Uh, post-electron?


I for one welcome
(pumps the action on his gun)
our new overlords.

8/07/2012 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's here now! This was posted

by a computer.

8/07/2012 8:55 AM  

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