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 “Is not happening yet,” contributes Boris. “Singularity implies infinite rate of change achieved momentarily. Future not amenable thereafter to prediction by presingularity beings, right? So has not happened.” p. 172

Au contraire. It happened on June 6, 1969, at eleven hundred hours, eastern seaboard time,” Pierre counters. “That was when the first network control packets were sent from the data port of one IMP to another – the first ever Internet communication. That’s the singularity. Since then we’ve been living in a universe that was impossible to predict from events prior to that time.” p. 172

“Growing old is natural,” growls the old woman. “When you’ve lived long enough for all your ambitions to be in ruins, friendships broken, lovers forgotten or divorced acrimoniously, what’s left to go on for? If you feel tired and old in spirit, you might as well be tired and old in body.” p. 262

“Anyway, wanting to live forever is immoral. Think of all the resources you’re taking up that younger people need! Even uploads face a finite data storage limit after a time. It’s a monstrously egotistical statement, to say you intend to live forever. And if there’s one thing I believe in, it’s public service. Duty: the obligation to make way for the new.” p. 262

There are, it would seem, advantages to not being too intelligent. p. 359

Humanity. Monadic intelligences, mostly trapped within their own skulls, living in small family groups within larger tribal networks, adaptable to territorial or migratory lifestyles. Those were the options on offer before the great acceleration. p. 359

So it is that tribal groups remain, their associations mediated across teraklicks and gigaseconds by exotic agencies. And sometimes the agencies will vanish for a while, reappearing later like an unexpected jape upon the infinite. p. 359 

Accelerando, Charles Stross, 2005

The Coming Technological Singularity, Vernor Vinge, 1993

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