(Project 365 Day 119 Year 00001)
Vernor Vinge (pronounced VIN-gee), who wrote the mind-blowing novel A Fire Upon the Deep and the ground-breaking paper The Coming Technological Singularity, gave a talk at the The Long Now Foundation tonight.
The concept behind The Long Now is that we're constantly living for the next day, if not the next five minutes, and we need to sometimes take a step back and think about the next ten thousand years, instead.
Meanwhile, Vinge speaks of a "singularity" that may well happen within our lifetimes when, through technology, we create a super-human intelligence that then, through a feedback loop, creates exponentially superior intelligences, until there exist minds that are far beyond our comprehension. After this happens, the world may be turned into something we cannot possibly predict.
Tonight, he gave a speech about what might happen if the technology singularity DOES NOT happen. He doesn't bring us new information so much as a new way of framing the issue, a new way of looking at things.
For anyone who lives in the San Francisco area, I highly recommend checking out future Long Now seminars. (They call the series SALT: Seminars About Long-term Thinking.)