I, Robot

I was reading an article on Artificial Intelligence the other day which described the eventual evolution of man to machine, according to the author, when he dropped that intriguing word, ‘Singularity’ into his equation. Science fiction readers will have bumped into that word a number of times but those of us more comfortable with the current reality may not have given the word much consideration. The more mundane use of the word is just what it appears to be – unique, unusual, distinctive. However in the physics and mathematics world, the definition gets a little more complex: “a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole.” The article I was reading proposed a…


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