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In 1993 science fiction author and computer science professor Vernor Vinge predicted the coming of "the Singularity," a technological awakening that he believed would lead to superior artificial intelligence—a milestone "comparable to the rise of human life on Earth." Much of Vinge's fiction focuses on the transition from the clunky world of human-only intelligence to the nothing-is-impossible universe of the Singularity. His latest novel, Children of the Sky, is no exception.

A direct sequel to the Hugo Award–winning A Fire Upon the Deep, Vinge's 1992 novel that previewed the Singularity, his new book tells of an emerging extraterrestrial civilization forced to rush through the phases of technological development in the hope of defending against a godlike, super-intelligent alien threat. There are technological troubles aplenty, but the biggest problem is an old one: politics. As always, Vinge understands that technology is a tool of political and sociological change—and that a society can only be as good as its governance. —Peter Suderman

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  1. Unfortunately Verner Vinge, together with others of the transhumanist cult, consistently overlook the very real evidence that indicates the rather imminent implementation of the next, (non-biological) phase of the on-going evolutionary “life” process from what we at present call the Internet.

    Consider this:

    There are at present an estimated 2 Billion internet users.
    There are an estimated 13 Billion neurons in the human brain.

    On this basis for approximation the internet is even now only one order of magnitude below the human brain and its growth is exponential.

    The broad evolutionary model that supports this contention is outlined very informally in “The Goldilocks Effect: What Has Serendipity Ever Done For Us?” , a free download in e-book formats from the “Unusual Perspectives” website

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