The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible (Arthur C. Clarke's 2nd law)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


References, introductory material, technical articles, and papers of general interest.

(The Singularity Hypothesis group on Zotero)

Amnon H. Eden, James H. Moor, Johnny Søraker, Eric Steinhart (eds.) Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment. Berlin: Springe, 2012 (Table of Contents) Introductory material
For the innocent:
Kurzweil's (2006, "The Singularity Is Near") offers a comprehensive, accessible, and scientifically literate presentation of the transhumanist school's interpretation to the term.

A collection of quotes:


  • Allhoff, F., Lin, P., Moor, J. H., & Weckert, J. (2009). Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers. Retrieved from
  • Bostrom, N. (2003). Transhumanist Values. In F. Adams (Ed.), Ethical Issues for the 21st Century. Philosophical Documentation Center Press. Retrieved from
  • Bostrom, N. (2005). A History of Transhumanist Thought. Journal of Evolution and Technology, 14(1). Retrieved from
  • Brooks, R. (2002). Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us. Pantheon.
  • Clark, A. (n.d.). Natural Born Cyborgs. Retrieved from
  • Dreyfus, H. (1972). What computers can't do: a critique of artificial reason (1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row.
  • Flynn, J. R. (2007). What is intelligence? beyond the Flynn effect. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Goertzel, B., & Pennachin, C. (Eds.). (2007). Artificial general intelligence. Berlin: Springer.
  • Hook, C. C. (2003). Transhumanism and Posthumanism. In S. G. Post (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Bioethics (3rd ed., pp. 2517–2520). Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Linstone, H. A. (1975). Eight Basic Pitfalls: A Checklist. In The Delphi Method: Techniques and Applications (pp. 559-571).
  • Marchetti, C. (1986). Fifty-Year Pulsation in Human Affairs. Futures, 17(3), 376-388.
  • Moor, J. H. (2005a). Why We Need Better Ethics for Emerging Technologies. Ethics and Inf. Technol., 7(3), 111-119.
  • Moor, J. H. (2005b). Should We Let Computers Get Under Our Skins? In R. Cavalier (Ed.), The impact of the Internet on our moral lives (pp. 121-138). Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Moravec, H. P. (1990). Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence. Harvard University Press.
  • Moravec, H. P. (1999). Robot : mere machine to transcendent mind. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Nagy, B. (n.d.). Performance Curve Database. Retrieved April 15, 2010, from
  • Rees, M. (2003). Our Final Century: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century? William Heinemann.
  • Sandberg, A., & Bostrom, N. (2008). Whole Brain Emulation: A Roadmap (No. 2008-3). Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University.
  • Singer, P. W. (2009, Winter). Military Robots and the Laws of War. The New Atlantis, (23), 25-45.
  • Solomonoff, R. (1985). The Time Scale of Artificial Intelligence: Reflections on Social Effects. Human Systems Management, 5, 149-153.
  • Storfer, M. (1999). Myopia, intelligence, and the expanding human neocortex: behavioral influences and evolutionary implications. International Journal of Neuroscience, 98(3-4), 153-276.
  • The Gregory Mantell Show: Revolutionary Wealth. (2007). . Retrieved from
  • Tucker, J. B., & Zilinskas, R. A. (2006). The Promise and Perils of Synthetic Biology. The New Atlantis, 12. Retrieved from
  • Turing, A. M. (1951, May 15). Can Digital Computers Think? Automatic Calculating Machines. BBC.
  • Warwick, K. (2002). I, cyborg. London: Century.
  • Wajcman, Judy. (2008). Life in the fast lane? Towards a sociology of technology and time. The British journal of sociology 59(1): 59–77.


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