Vernor Vinge on the Technological Singularity

In this talk Vernor Vinge raises interesting and thought provoking questions about the coming Singularity era. As a species we are about to create one of the most powerful technologies in human history. When one considers what is at stake in this endeavor we must ask the important questions now not later about what it means to create this Singularity. Do we want to create it? Is its creation now an inevitability driven by technological and historical forces outside of our control? Given what we know about our own history, will the Singularity age cause us to rise or fall?