The invention of computers and imagination

Alan Turing, British researcher, published in 1950 in the journal Mind landmark article "Computing Machinery and Intelligence". At the time, artificial intelligence seems to feed more the imagination of science fiction authors that industrial innovation. In 1965, Irving Good, British statistician, lays the foundation for a vision of the technological progress of between faith and science. In his "Speculations Concerning the first item ultraintelligent machine", he describes, even prophesied, suddenly very next development of the technique, a super-fast progress in a very small period of time. He argues in effect that if we could build a machine if only a little more "intelligent" man, it would be able very quickly to build itself a machine more intelligent and so on until you reach an intelligence immeasurably to our own.


The technological singularity between myth and reality

It is reasonable to ask how the quality of researchers and scientists of the various protagonists of this "movement of thought" guarantees the scientific nature of the technological singularity. Indeed, on some points, even if not to challenge the skills of these scientists, the idea seems simple and seems to be based on "extrapolation" rather than "laws". Proponents of technological singularity, in fact, inspired by the so-called "Moore's Law."