Singularity Hypotheses

A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment

  • Amnon H. Eden
  • James H. Moor
  • Johnny H. Søraker
  • Eric Steinhart

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Amnon H. Eden, Eric Steinhart, David Pearce, James H. Moor
    Pages 1-12
  3. A Singularity of Artificial Superintelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Luke Muehlhauser, Anna Salamon
      Pages 15-42
    3. Richard Loosemore, Ben Goertzel
      Pages 83-98
  4. Concerns About Artificial Superintelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Luke Muehlhauser, Louie Helm
      Pages 101-126
    3. Roman V. Yampolskiy, Joshua Fox
      Pages 129-145
    4. Eliezer Yudkowsky
      Pages 181-195
  5. A Singularity of Posthuman Superintelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. David Pearce
      Pages 199-238
    3. Dennis Bray
      Pages 269-280
    4. David Roden
      Pages 281-298
  6. Skepticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Theodore Modis
      Pages 311-346
    3. Alessio Plebe, Pietro Perconti
      Pages 349-365
    4. Diane Proudfoot
      Pages 367-392
    5. Selmer Bringsjord, Alexander Bringsjord, Paul Bello
      Pages 395-412

About this book


Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment offers authoritative, jargon-free essays and critical commentaries on accelerating technological progress and the notion of technological singularity. It focuses on conjectures about the intelligence explosion, transhumanism, and whole brain emulation. Recent years have seen a plethora of forecasts about the profound, disruptive impact that is likely to result from further progress in these areas. Many commentators however doubt the scientific rigor of these forecasts, rejecting them as speculative and unfounded. We therefore invited prominent computer scientists, physicists, philosophers, biologists, economists and other thinkers to assess the singularity hypotheses. Their contributions go beyond speculation, providing deep insights into the main issues and a balanced picture of the debate.


Artificial intelligence Intelligence explosion Intelligent machines Machine ethics Technological singularity Technology acceleration Transhumanism studies Whole brain emulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Amnon H. Eden
    • 1
  • James H. Moor
    • 2
  • Johnny H. Søraker
    • 3
  • Eric Steinhart
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Computer Science and, Electronic EngineeringUniversity of EssexColchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  4. 4.Department of PhilosophyWilliam Paterson UniversityWayneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-32559-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-32560-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
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