Douglas Adams “On Singularity”

6a00d8341bf7f753ef01347fb7ddaf970c.jpg Pundits say that mankind's last great invention will be the first robot with AI that exceeds human intellect. Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep and Rainbows End, as well as the essay "The Coming Technological Singularity", believes that "we are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence."

But we think Douglas Adams trumped Vinge with Marvin the Paranoid Android.

The horror of Marvin, the Paranoid Android's life in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is that no task he could be given would occupy even the tiniest fraction of his vast intellect. Marvin claims he is 50,000 times more intelligent than a human. When kidnapped by the bellicose Krikkit robots and tied to the interfaces of their intelligent war computer, Marvin simultaneously manages to plan the entire planet's military strategy, solve "all of the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except his own, three times over," and compose a number of lullabies. He seemed to find this last task the hardest, and he was known to have created only one, "How I Hate the Night."


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