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Cosma Shalizi: The Singularity in Our Past Light-Cone: Wednesday Hoisted from Other People's Archives from November 28, 2010

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Cosma Shalizi:

The Singularity in Our Past Light-Cone: Attention conservation notice: Yet another semi-crank pet notion, nursed quietly for many years, now posted in the absence of new thoughts because reading The Half-Made World brought it back to mind.

The Singularity has happened; we call it "the industrial revolution" or "the long nineteenth century". It was over by the close of 1918

Why, then, since the Singularity is so plainly, even intrusively, visible in our past, does science fiction persist in placing a pale mirage of it in our future? Perhaps: the owl of Minerva flies at dusk; and we are in the late afternoon, fitfully dreaming of the half-glimpsed events of the day, waiting for the stars to come out.