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Vernor Vinge Quote: “But if the technological Singularity can happen, it will.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “What we have is a data glut.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “It was not called the Net of a Million Lies for nothing.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Politics may come and go, but Greed goes on forever.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Intelligence is the handmaiden of flexibility and change.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “So much technology, so little talent.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “I say, let’s learn more and then speculate.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Technical people don’t make good slaves. Without their wholehearted cooperation, things fall apart.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Poor humans; they will all die.“”Poor us; we will not.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The illusion of self-awareness. Happy automatons, running on trivial programs. I’ll bet you never guess. From the inside, how can you?”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “I have argued above that we cannot prevent the Singularity, that its coming is an inevitable consequence of the humans natural competitiveness and the possibilities inherent in technology.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “If there be only hours, at least learn what there is time to learn.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “In fact, there was general agreement that minds can exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms are of central importance to the existence of minds.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The heart of manipulation is to empathize without being touched.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Pham Nuwen plunked himself down, stretching indolently.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “We’re long on high principles and short on simple human understanding.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Peregrine Wickwrackscar was flying. A pilgrim with legends that went back almost a thousand years-and not one of them could come near to this!”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “All evil and good is petty before Nature. Personally, we take comfort from this, that there is a universe to admire that cannot be twisted to villainy or good, but which simply is.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Life is a green madness just now, trying to squeeze the last bit of warmth from the season.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Peregrine Wickwrackrum was of two minds about evil: when enough rules get broken, sometimes there is good amid the carnage.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The problem is not simply that the Singularity represents the passing of humankind from center stage, but that it contradicts our most deeply held notions of being.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “We humans have millions of years of evolutionary baggage that makes us regard competition in a deadly light.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Sometimes terror and pain are not the best levers; deception, when it works, is the most elegant and the least expensive manipulation of all.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Politics is good; when it works properly, disagreements get solved without people beating each other up. But when a regime knows its days are numbered, there’s always the chance it may use its position to change the rules and make the debate it is losing irrelevant.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be perceived in other creative endeavors.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Ravna thought a moment. “Sysadmin is the usual term,” she said.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “But every time our ability to access information and to communicate it to others is improved, in some sense we have achieved an increase over natural intelligence.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity: ideas themselves should spread ever faster, and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Sometimes the biggest disasters aren’t noticed at all – no one’s around to write horror stories.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “He was guided by what he saw rather than by what he wanted to believe.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “I never guessed I could cry so hard my face hurt.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “The voice was gentle, like a scalpel petting the short hairs of your throat.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Once upon a time I was such a good liar; I could talk the fish right into my mouths.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “When I began writing science fiction in the middle 60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “We’re endangered by our own success.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “How will the approach of the Singularity spread across the human world view?”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “IA is something that is proceeding very naturally, in most cases not even recognized by its developers for what it is.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “I think the Mailman is taking us on one at a time, starting with the weakest, drawing us in far enough to learn our True Names – and then destroying us.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “How long must a fish study to understand human motivation?”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Half-assed programming was a time-filler that, like knitting, must date to the beginning of the human experience.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Where the surf meets the shore – lots of neat things can happen there.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings, they are usually imagining an AI project.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “He claimed that nearby gun thunder cleared the mind – but most everybody else agreed it made you daft.”
Vernor Vinge Quote: “Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.”
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