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26th Mar '17 6:35:51 PM sarahispi
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* Creator/RichardBrautigan wrote about this concept in the very beautiful poem [[https://allpoetry.com/All-Watched-Over-By-Machines-Of-Loving-Grace All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace]]
26th Mar '17 10:03:01 AM nombretomado
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* Amita mentions it in the ''{{Numb3rs}}'' episode "First Law", when a true artificial intelligence may have been created. She seems very sad when [[spoiler: it turns out to be a fake, brute-force expert system]].

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* Amita mentions it in the ''{{Numb3rs}}'' ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' episode "First Law", when a true artificial intelligence may have been created. She seems very sad when [[spoiler: it turns out to be a fake, brute-force expert system]].
21st Mar '17 11:05:04 AM BeerBaron
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* In the lore of the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is one theory as to what happened to the Dwemer/Dwarves. They had been largely atheistic in a world of living gods and demons everywhere, focusing on developing ever-increasing magic and technology. They'd even devised reliable methods of reading the eponymous Scrolls, artifacts from outside time that blind, drive mad, and/or kill any mortal attempting to read them. And built a device around the heart of a dead god capable of granting the user immortality. Until one day they just... disappeared. Leaving behind technology that's still beyond any of the other races of the world thousands of years later. Maybe they ascended, or left for another world. Maybe they just all died, but in a way that leaves no corpse, ghost, or any of the other things that happen to the dead of other races and Dwemer killed before their disappearance. Nobody knows, and all attempts to study the incident or recreate their experiment have failed (often lethally), or GoneHorriblyRight, resulting in total disappearance of experimentators.
** An amusing GameBreaker in ''Morrowind'' lets you become a one-man Singularity. Step 1: Craft an intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 2: Drink it. Step 3: While under the effects of the potion, craft an even better intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 over and over until your intelligence stat is absurdly high. Step 5: While your intelligence is absurdly high, craft absurdly overpowered enchanted weapons and armour. In ''Skyrim'' you can do this with alchemy and enchanting: Use alchemy to craft potion that enhances your enchanting, use enchanting to craft gloves or jewellery that enhances your alchemy, rinse and repeat until satisfied, then visit the blacksmith and forge an iron dagger which is capable of one-shotting anything in the game, including ''[[BigBad Alduin]], by inflicting ''millions'' in fire damage on hit.

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In [[{{Backstory}} the lore lore]] of the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is one theory as to what happened to the Dwemer/Dwarves. [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer/Dwarves]]. They had been largely atheistic [[{{Naytheist}} Naytheistic]] in a world of living gods and demons everywhere, focusing on developing ever-increasing magic and technology. They'd even devised reliable methods of reading the eponymous Scrolls, artifacts from outside time that blind, drive mad, and/or kill any mortal attempting to read them. And built a device around the heart of a dead god capable of granting the user immortality. Until one day they just... disappeared. Leaving behind technology that's still beyond any of the other races of the world thousands of years later. Maybe they ascended, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended]], or left for another world. Maybe they just all died, but in a way that leaves no corpse, ghost, or any of the other things that happen to the dead of other races and Dwemer killed before their disappearance. Nobody knows, and all attempts to study the incident or recreate their experiment have failed (often lethally), ([[GoneHorriblyWrong often lethally]]), or GoneHorriblyRight, resulting in total disappearance of experimentators.
** An amusing GameBreaker in ''Morrowind'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' lets you become a one-man Singularity. Step 1: Craft an intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 2: Drink it. Step 3: While under the effects of the potion, craft an even better intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 over and over until your intelligence stat is absurdly high. Step 5: While your intelligence is absurdly high, craft absurdly overpowered enchanted weapons and armour. potions that make you invulnerable for 999999 seconds or fortify your attack by 999999 for 999999 seconds. In ''Skyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' you can do this with alchemy and enchanting: Use alchemy to craft potion that enhances your enchanting, drink it, use your boosted enchanting to craft enchant gloves or jewellery that enhances your alchemy, wear those, rinse and repeat until satisfied, then visit the blacksmith and forge an iron dagger which is satisfied. Then enchant a weapon capable of one-shotting anything [[OneHitKO one-shotting]] ''anything in the game, game'', including ''[[BigBad Alduin]], by inflicting ''millions'' in fire damage on hit.the BigBad.
17th Jan '17 6:23:35 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''Undertale'' the humans are this because [[spoiler: they have the powers of Determination which is why they won the war against monsters and forced them underground.]]
15th Jan '17 4:33:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''BrutalLegend'' we learn that the world was once inhabited by a race of [[OurTitansAreDifferent titans]] who invented things like cars and music. After growing and advancing for several millenia the titans were giant, all-knowing entities of spiritual perfection who could no longer be confined by the physical world. In the final stage of their evolution they ascended into the heavens and became the Metal Gods.

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* In ''BrutalLegend'' ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' we learn that the world was once inhabited by a race of [[OurTitansAreDifferent titans]] who invented things like cars and music. After growing and advancing for several millenia the titans were giant, all-knowing entities of spiritual perfection who could no longer be confined by the physical world. In the final stage of their evolution they ascended into the heavens and became the Metal Gods.
9th Dec '16 8:13:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In any event, what form a {{Transhuman}} would take is unclear, but either as a result of radically enhanced medical science and genetic engineering, or as a result of consciousness uploads, it would by definition make post-immortality life on Earth nearly incomprehensible to those in the past. As an example, most vampire fiction stops with its incredibly BadAss Elder vampires being a few hundred years old, anything much older being too arcane or too difficult to write. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Gray Aubrey de Gray]], immortal humans could easily triple-up [[TheVampireChronicles LeStat]] and that's if they weren't particularly careful. Imagine ''that'' culture shock to any point in human history.

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* In any event, what form a {{Transhuman}} would take is unclear, but either as a result of radically enhanced medical science and genetic engineering, or as a result of consciousness uploads, it would by definition make post-immortality life on Earth nearly incomprehensible to those in the past. As an example, most vampire fiction stops with its incredibly BadAss badass Elder vampires being a few hundred years old, anything much older being too arcane or too difficult to write. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Gray Aubrey de Gray]], immortal humans could easily triple-up [[TheVampireChronicles LeStat]] and that's if they weren't particularly careful. Imagine ''that'' culture shock to any point in human history.
8th Dec '16 6:15:10 PM N1KF
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In order to get around the problems some viewers (are thought to) have relating to the troubles of, say, [[Creator/CharlesStross super-intelligent flocks of pigeons]] or [[Creator/GregEgan 12-dimensional hermit crabs]], stories set after TheSingularity feature a disproportionate number of SpaceAmish protagonists and [[FanOfThePast Fans Of The Past]].

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In order to get around the problems some viewers (are thought to) have relating to the troubles of, say, [[Creator/CharlesStross super-intelligent flocks of pigeons]] or [[Creator/GregEgan 12-dimensional hermit crabs]], stories set after TheSingularity The Singularity feature a disproportionate number of SpaceAmish protagonists and [[FanOfThePast Fans Of The Past]].



* ''Literature/AfterLife'' by Simon Funk starts with an uploaded human intelligence and gradually moves through TheSingularity.

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* ''Literature/AfterLife'' by Simon Funk starts with an uploaded human intelligence and gradually moves through TheSingularity.The Singularity.



* [[{{Retcon}} As of its 5th edition]], the Necrons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be seen as a [[DarkerAndEdgier grimdark]] example of this. The bio-transference [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul robbed them of their souls]], and they feel an undefinable sense of sadness over this, so most of them are looking for a new organic species to download their minds to. Most of them who are still sapient, that is. TheSingularity only strengthened their social division, with the commoners getting [[AndIMustScream barely sentient, deliberately mute]] bodies and ''everyone'' having variously debilitating loyalty programming installed. To make matters worse, some Necrons do embrace the benefits of the bio-transference and upgrade their bodies. And all of them are StrawNihilist {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Plus, the [[RagnarokProofing 60 million odd years they've spent in stasis]] [[SubvertedTrope haven't been kind to them]].

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* [[{{Retcon}} As of its 5th edition]], the Necrons in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be seen as a [[DarkerAndEdgier grimdark]] example of this. The bio-transference [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul robbed them of their souls]], and they feel an undefinable sense of sadness over this, so most of them are looking for a new organic species to download their minds to. Most of them who are still sapient, that is. TheSingularity The Singularity only strengthened their social division, with the commoners getting [[AndIMustScream barely sentient, deliberately mute]] bodies and ''everyone'' having variously debilitating loyalty programming installed. To make matters worse, some Necrons do embrace the benefits of the bio-transference and upgrade their bodies. And all of them are StrawNihilist {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Plus, the [[RagnarokProofing 60 million odd years they've spent in stasis]] [[SubvertedTrope haven't been kind to them]].
25th Oct '16 5:49:18 PM thatmadork
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** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] want to do this. Their grand plan is to capture the souls of all the Eldar when they die and place them into the Infinity Circuits of their Craftworlds. Once enough Eldar souls are collected, the souls will form together into a new God of Death, Ynnead. Once Ynnead rises, he will {{curb stomp|Battle}} the Chaos Gods, destroy the Materium and Immaterium, and allow the Eldar race to be reborn, either back into a reset physical universe, or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence into new forms]], to live new lives free from their curse. Hopefully. Considering that the last time the Eldar tried to create a god from their souls, the result was ''Slaanesh''...

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** The [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] want to do this. Their grand plan is to capture the souls of all the Eldar when they die and place them into the Infinity Circuits of their Craftworlds. Once enough Eldar souls are collected, the souls will form together into a new God of Death, Ynnead. Once Ynnead rises, he will {{curb stomp|Battle}} the Chaos Gods, destroy the Materium and Immaterium, and allow the Eldar race to be reborn, either back into a reset physical universe, or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence into new forms]], to live new lives free from their curse. Hopefully. Considering that the last time the Eldar tried to create a god from their souls, the result was ''Slaanesh''...
''[[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]]''...


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** An amusing GameBreaker in ''Morrowind'' lets you become a one-man Singularity. Step 1: Craft an intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 2: Drink it. Step 3: While under the effects of the potion, craft an even better intelligence-enhancing potion. Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 over and over until your intelligence stat is absurdly high. Step 5: While your intelligence is absurdly high, craft absurdly overpowered enchanted weapons and armour. In ''Skyrim'' you can do this with alchemy and enchanting: Use alchemy to craft potion that enhances your enchanting, use enchanting to craft gloves or jewellery that enhances your alchemy, rinse and repeat until satisfied, then visit the blacksmith and forge an iron dagger which is capable of one-shotting anything in the game, including ''[[BigBad Alduin]], by inflicting ''millions'' in fire damage on hit.
19th Oct '16 3:26:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In James Cameron's 2009 film, Avatar, this is a possible interpretation as to what happened on Pandora. Eywa, the supreme being the Na'vi worship could be just an A.I. that, after said singularity an X number of years ago, absorbed and integrated everything into itself which could explain why the Na'vi are able to use their long ponytails like USB cables.

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* In James Cameron's 2009 film, Avatar, ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', this is a possible interpretation as to what happened on Pandora. Eywa, the supreme being the Na'vi worship could be just an A.I. that, after said singularity an X number of years ago, absorbed and integrated everything into itself which could explain why the Na'vi are able to use their long ponytails like USB cables.



* ''TheDifferenceEngine'' by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling is an extended journey through a soft singularity. The widespread use of a working Babbage engine brings the IT revolution to Victorian times.

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* ''TheDifferenceEngine'' ''Literature/TheDifferenceEngine'' by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling is an extended journey through a soft singularity. The widespread use of a working Babbage engine brings the IT revolution to Victorian times.
19th Oct '16 3:25:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[TheEschatonSeries Singularity Sky]]'' (yet another Stross work) a society in a sort of Industrial Age stasis is introduced to the fruits of a thousand years of human development and nanotech replicators which effectively destroy their economy and social structure overnight.\\

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* In ''[[TheEschatonSeries Singularity Sky]]'' ''Literature/SingularitySky'' (yet another Stross work) a society in a sort of Industrial Age stasis is introduced to the fruits of a thousand years of human development and nanotech replicators which effectively destroy their economy and social structure overnight.\\
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