Are you hoping for Ray Kurzweil’s infamous “Singularity” to occur, or not? Jon Evans, for one, is just plain annoyed by it, as he explains at TechCrunch:
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Ray Kurzweil’s predictions of the Singularity annoy me sufficiently that I once sat down to write a TechCrunch column attacking them. A brief primer: Singularity theory argues that our exponential technological growth will, several decades hence, culminate in an unimaginable transcendence that redefines humanity, sentience, and/or reality. It is also known as the Rapture of the Nerds
I never wrote that column, because, irritatingly, Kurzweil’s prophesied timeline of technological development is not (yet) actually flagrantly wrong. It’s aggressive; it’s hyper-optimistic; the exponent on its projected exponential curve is too large; but its overall shape is not actually obviously off. He may annoy me, but to date, his portfolio of prognostications is a lot more impressive than that of the average prophet.
So why is it that the Singularity annoys me so?