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Crazy Fascinating Theories About the Singularity

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Our culture has reached the point where any reference to "Skynet" instantly rings familiar, even if one has never seen a Terminator film. The idea of self-aware artificial intelligence is equally fascinating and terrifying at the same time, which is why you've probably heard the phrase "the singularity is near," even if you don't know what it means.

Of course, in James Cameron's franchise, Skynet is the hyper-advanced robotics company that eventually causes the downfall of the entirety of humanity, all because someone thought it was a good idea to let the machines think for themselves. Thus, they realize how awful we are as a species, and set out to exterminate us in the worst ways possible. 

Thankfully, that could only happen in the movies... right? 

Actually, no. Which brings us back to the singularity.

What is the singularity? Simply put, it is when our machines begin to advance on their own so quickly (wait a minute...) that they eventually begin to think for themselves (this is sounding familiar...), ultimately surpassing the intelligence of their human designers (oh, God, no...) and causing a massive paradigm shift in mankind's place in the world (Skynet is real?!) which could theoretically mean the end of the human race as we know it. 

The idea is certainly a scare one. But perhaps what's even more frightening about the singularity, is that, technically, it's already happening. In The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, Ray Kurzweil explores the theory in depth. The 2006 book gave rise to a singularity movement and a yearly Singularity Summit.

Take a look at the singularity facts below and see how far you make it before you start frantically searching for nearby DeLoreans that might take you back to a simpler time.

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