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From Here To Singularity

"The time from here to Singularity depends sensitively on the particulars of what we humans do during the next decade (and even the next few years)."

Charles Stross: Shaping the future

Science fiction writer Charlie Stross has given a lot more thought than most to the changes that we may experience in the next few tens of years. Ubiquitous GPS is going to a standard feature on most cell phones by the end of the year. We are nowhere near the level of information storage density that is feasible – the first half of our lives is being sketchily and disparately recorded – the next half will so well recored that our every waking second will be available for collation and review. People are already creating email addresses for their unborn children. So:

Meet your descendants. They don’t know what it’s like to be involuntarily lost, don’t understand what we mean by the word “privacy”, and will have access (sooner or later) to a historical representation of our species that defies understanding. They live in a world where history has a sharply-drawn start line, and everything they individually do or say will sooner or later be visible to everyone who comes after them, forever. They are incredibly alien to us.

Charlie’s Diary: Shaping the future

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