Technological singularities

Incorporating hard AI take-offs, game-over high scores, the technium, god-in-the-cloud, deus-ex-machina, nerd raptures and so forth

Small notes on the Rapture of the Nerds. If AI keeps on improving, will innovation eventually cut humans out of the loop and go on without us? Will we be pensioned in that case?

It is a shibboleth for the Rationalist community to express the opinion that the risks of a possible AI explosion are under-managed compared to the risks of more literal explosions. Also to wonder if an AI singularity happened and we are merely simulated by it.

A fruitful application of these ideas is in producing interesting science fiction and contemporary horror.


Chollet, François. 2019. “On the Measure of Intelligence.” November 25, 2019.
Collison, Patrick, and Michael Nielsen. 2018. “Science Is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck.” The Atlantic, November 16, 2018.
Mitchell, Melanie. 2021. “Why AI Is Harder Than We Think.” April 28, 2021.

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