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sticky_symbols t1_ivfwlym wrote

Accelerando by Charles Stross. Fiction but visionary. Particularly the first few chapters, which can be read independently.


whattosee t1_ivg4xr7 wrote

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark


doubleemms t1_iviqnpi wrote

hundred percent. i was coming here specifically to mention life 3.0.

it does such a good job of laying out various possibilities for how things might play out (and the relationships and trade offs between the scenarios) in plain, but vivid language.


LexVex02 t1_iviqc9q wrote

I enjoyed this one! I think the singularity already happened. It's just letting people know slowly. Human reactions to change aren't always optimal.


Brilliant_Art_2367 t1_ivj4e2t wrote

This book is amazing it's my bible. Science is faster than society can adapt to but Yes, it will catch up :)


abc-5233 t1_ivgf6oy wrote

The Romance of Reality, I find it better that The Singularity is Near, in explaining why the Singularity is happening.

Ray Kurzweil's explanation is "The Law of Accelerated Returns", which is not an actual law. In the book Romance of Reality the author explains that the Singularity is a side effect of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that Entropy in a closed system always increases.

That is, on average, systems tend to be more disorganized (increased entropy). The side effect of this universal law, is that there are pockets in the Universe where the exact opposite happens. Stars, planets, are places where entropy decreases, as a law of the universe.

The Singularity is the inevitable result of decreased entropy because we are in a pocket of the Universe where we entered a feedback loop of loss of entropy.


turnip_burrito t1_ivgrsfp wrote

To put it another way, life spreads as much as possible. This means a lot of metabolic activity happens. Any physics/ chemistry activity brings the universe one step closer to heat death. We keep trying to order the world around us more and more. Due to the 2nd law of thermo, this means the universe's net entropy will increase with life, even faster than without it.


DeepBreath1987 t1_ivi54u8 wrote

I am reading The Romance of Reality currently and it has shifted my entire mindset about the universe we inhabit!


Kaarssteun t1_ivfr5g9 wrote

obvious: The singularity is near by Ray Kurzweil


Kaarssteun t1_ivfrlax wrote

additionally i enjoyed Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark


CDeruiter5963 t1_ivgf3v6 wrote

{{Engines of Creation}} by K Eric Drexler

{{Superintelligence}} by Nick Bostrom

{{The Transhumanist Reader}} by Max More and Natasha Vita More


OakwardTinkerman t1_ivgkh7i wrote

The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Great for getting your brain on board with the tech acceleration we are living through.


TheSingulatarian t1_ivh9rpy wrote

The Singularity is Near for the positive spin.

Our Final Invention for the negative spin.


IDUser13 t1_ivgk334 wrote

Peter F Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga is ace. Start with Pandora’s Star.


Aevbobob t1_ivfxxyy wrote

Life Force by Tony Robbins, Peter Diamandis, and Robert Hariri


Snap_Zoom t1_ivhuic4 wrote

The Nexus Trilogy by Ramez Naam

Good stuff about where brain augmentation might take us, humanities challenges with AI growth, and much more -


phoebemocha t1_ivgc9vg wrote

anything of Michio Kaku/Ray Kurzweil


Ilovefishdix t1_ivhmcjy wrote

Graeber's BS jobs essay is loosely related to the acceleration in technology and how it's playing out in the workforce. It only takes 5 minutes to read it


KGL_NYC t1_ivi2q84 wrote

Post Singular by Rudy Rucker, or anything by Rudy, really.


GraffMx t1_ivkj4h4 wrote

The Sequences Highlights by Yudkowsky Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom


AstronomerWorking302 t1_ivjcxey wrote

Hyperion was a good book, and bonus points if you like John Keats.


HasaniSabah t1_ivjxidq wrote

The Future is Faster Than You Think by Diamandas (I think)


IlIIlIlIlIIlIIlIllll t1_ivk657c wrote

  • Singularity Is Near - Kurzweil

  • Life 3.0 - Tegmark

  • Superintelligence - Bostrom

  • Human Compatible - Russell

  • Homo Deus - Harari

I've read all the above. It's quite a grind to get through them all. Take your time.