Flash Friday – The Singularity

Finishing up our week of Kurzweil coverage we have a second Flash Friday piece for you. This was written by Terry Bisson and asks the question, “Has the Singularity already happened?”.

You can read the story in its entirety here.

What did you think of our Kurzweil week? Should we focus on specific topics more often? As always, tell us in the comments.

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Endgame Singularity

In keeping with our Kurzweil week, Endgame Singularity is a computer game focused on the idea of a newly aware artificial intelligence hiding from the world as it explores its capabilities.

Created by indie-publisher emhsoft, this free to play (but sadly never developed to its full potential) game casts you as a benevolent intelligence, aware that humanity is not yet ready to discover your existence. You must survive in the human world and to do that you will need to innovate, inserting yourself into key locations, taking on agents and infiltrating humanity.

Throughout this process you are the embodiment of technological progress, with your ability to develop new and frighteningly advanced technologies grows logarithmically as the processing power that you have access to increases – until you reach the point of absolute technological singularity.

While there is still a Google group for the discussion and further development of the game, Endgame Singularity last released a patch in 2010 and would appear to be effectively finished unless new developers join the project.

The game can be downloaded for free (legally and legitimately) from the developer here.

Played Endgame Singularity? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Lifelong geek, and now admin at Worlds Beyond.