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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How Expecting the Singularity is Likely to Change Society

Priya Ganapati: Whether the singularity occurs or not, just the expectation of it could significantly change human behavior, says James Miller, associate professor of economics at Smith College.

“Long before there is a singularity, people will come to expect it,” Smith told attendees at the Singularity Summit in San Jose. “And it is very likely that could happen within 20 years.”

The belief that a vastly different future is near could change how people make choices in life, education, investment and retirement, says Miller.

Indeed it could, and in my case it already has. For example, I alluded to this phenomenon in the last paragraph of this post.

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