Singularity University or How NASA is Facilitating an AI God

No this isn’t the title of my next favorite SF book. It’s actually a real teaching institution sponsored in part by NASA who’s goal is to (in their own words):

Singularity University aims to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges.

For those unfamiliar with The Singularity or the potential of The Singularity, the fact that NASA scientists are taking it seriously means some sort of validation for the idea.

Singularity U will be based on NASA’s Ames campus, offering 9 week long graduate courses.

Essentially NASA is taking a hand in accelerating the rate of technological advances and how us measly humans will incorporate those advances leading up to the point where machine intelligence becomes more intelligent so rapidly that POOF!  We’ve got an AI God who will, the hope is, nudge us along that path as well.

It could also be a reference to a rapid rise in intelligence in general but that doesn’t sound quite as fun.

Ray Kurzweil uses the term Singularity to refer any extremly rapid advancement in technology.

Whatever The Singularity is set to do, Singularity U will be there to see that people in general are a little less bewildered when it happens.

[tags]Technology, Science Fiction[/tags]

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