Re: Transcension (in fiction) before Vinge's Singularity

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Sun Sep 16 2007 - 20:02:36 MDT

At 03:02 PM 9/16/2007 -0700, Jef wrote:

> > >"intelligence is not a survival trait". It wasn't crucial to the
> > >story, but it is difficult to argue against.
> >
> > It's displayed impressively in Peter Watts' novel BLINDSIGHT, which
> > is strongly recommended.
>In that story, I think it was self-awareness, rather than
>intelligence, that was presented as non-essential to survival.

Yer right. The intelligence, though, was distributed to such an
extent that it looked rather as one imagines the insides of one's own
head might seem to someone able to watch the little mindless
Calvinesque processors at work.

Damien Broderick

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