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)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Motivation (David Chalmers)

David Chalmers' essay "The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis" clearly sets out the motivation for this volume:
One might think that the singularity would be of great interest to academic philosophers, cognitive scientists, and artificial intelligence researchers. In practice, this has not been the case. ... I think this resistance is a shame, as the singularity idea is clearly an important one. The argument for a singularity is one that we should take seriously. And the questions surrounding the singularity are of enormous practical and philosophical concern. (Chalmers, this volume/forthcoming)
We hope that working towards this volume will help changing the situation illustrated in this quote.

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