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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.\\
17th Oct '16 9:56:16 AM Deltadiamond
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A ''Technological Singularity'' is a theoretical point in technological development beyond which things are incomprehensible to anyone who came before. Predictions of what life will be like after a Singularity are by definition impossible -- the nature of human life and even the concept of intellect may change completely. The guesses in fiction usually lean very {{utopia}}n or {{dystopia}}n. Occasionally, post-Singularity beings/societies might simply be disinterested in 'lesser' beings, have goals that aren't obviously 'good' or 'bad', or vanish with no one knowing what it means. Or any combination of those - for example, in Vinge's Transcend they mostly don't care and then disappear within years or sooner.

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A ''Technological Singularity'' is a theoretical point in technological development beyond which things are incomprehensible to anyone who came before. Predictions of what life will be like after a Singularity are by definition impossible -- the nature of human life and even the concept of intellect may change completely. The guesses in fiction usually lean very {{utopia}}n or {{dystopia}}n. Occasionally, post-Singularity beings/societies might simply be disinterested in 'lesser' beings, have goals that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality aren't obviously 'good' or 'bad', 'bad']], or vanish with no one knowing what it means. Or any combination of those - for example, in Vinge's Transcend they mostly don't care and then disappear within years or sooner.
8th Sep '16 7:46:12 PM PaulA
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* This trope is [[OlderThanTheyThink way older]] than you may expect. ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27462/27462-h/27462-h.htm The Last Evolution]]'' is a [[OlderThanTelevision 1932]] short story by Creator/JohnWCampbell about a future where mankind and robots coexist peacefully. When aliens attack the Solar System using DeathRays of an unknown type, mankind builds a robot of unheard-of intelligence to figure out a defense. Said robot builds an even more advanced machine, which builds even more avanced robots, up to the creation of a race of EnergyBeings that CurbStomp the enemy fleet. Too bad that mankind, and all organic life, has been killed in the battle... So the superintelligent energy beings inherit the Earth.

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* This trope is [[OlderThanTheyThink way older]] than you may expect. ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27462/27462-h/27462-h.htm The Last Evolution]]'' is a [[OlderThanTelevision 1932]] short story by Creator/JohnWCampbell about a future where mankind and robots coexist peacefully. When aliens attack the Solar System using DeathRays {{Death Ray}}s of an unknown type, mankind builds a robot of unheard-of intelligence to figure out a defense. Said robot builds an even more advanced machine, which builds even more avanced robots, up to the creation of a race of EnergyBeings that CurbStomp the enemy fleet. Too bad that mankind, and all organic life, has been killed in the battle... So the superintelligent energy beings inherit the Earth.
22nd Aug '16 7:39:49 PM PravinLal
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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.
21st Aug '16 12:30:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''EclipsePhase'' is set a decade after a hard singularity. Transhumanism is rampant, except in a few bioconservative holdouts like the Jovian Republic. It depends a lot on what you consider to be a singularity. Humans certainly have exceptional technology and live in a transhuman undying future, and while this has had a lot of interesting effects, things are understandable to us. The 'true' singularity did not happen to us, but it happened very close. [[spoiler: We built AIs that made themselves more smart and powerful, but they got infected by an alien virus and tried to destroy the human race and then vanished off into the ether. And the game is set after that.]]

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* ''EclipsePhase'' ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' is set a decade after a hard singularity. Transhumanism is rampant, except in a few bioconservative holdouts like the Jovian Republic. It depends a lot on what you consider to be a singularity. Humans certainly have exceptional technology and live in a transhuman undying future, and while this has had a lot of interesting effects, things are understandable to us. The 'true' singularity did not happen to us, but it happened very close. [[spoiler: We built AIs that made themselves more smart and powerful, but they got infected by an alien virus and tried to destroy the human race and then vanished off into the ether. And the game is set after that.]]
14th Aug '16 1:55:58 PM nombretomado
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* WilliamShatner (yes, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries that one]]) takes the concept a bit too literally in his ''QuestForTomorrow'' novels.

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* WilliamShatner Creator/WilliamShatner (yes, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries that one]]) takes the concept a bit too literally in his ''QuestForTomorrow'' novels.
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* {{Industrial}} / {{Steampunk}} entertainer DoctorSteel weaves the concept of a technological singularity throughout his music, videos and writings, even having a song entitled ''The Singularity''. He has even been interviewed by transhumanist institutes and authored a paper on the subject.

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\n* {{Industrial}} / {{Steampunk}} entertainer DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel weaves the concept of a technological singularity throughout his music, videos and writings, even having a song entitled ''The Singularity''. "The Singularity". He has even been interviewed by transhumanist institutes and authored a paper on the subject.
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27th Jul '16 2:40:35 AM M84
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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.

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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.
Hopefully. Considering that the last time the Eldar tried to create a god from their souls, the result was ''Slaanesh''...
6th Jul '16 1:21:28 PM FordPrefect
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* Ray Kurzweil is probably the foremost advocate of the hard singularity and often regarded as being one of the most optimistic among authorities of the subject. He believes the near future will see human extension and transformation through genetic engineering followed on (and probably overlapping with) nanotechnology which will lead to better long term maintenance and upgrades of the human body and radical improvements in the versatility, precision and energy efficiency of manufacturing. Finally, robots will mature and become prevalent. In particular, he believes many robots can and will be of the RidiculouslyHumanRobot variety (right down to the highly nuanced emotional states, as far as mental processes go) which, combined with augmented reality, virtual reality, and whole brain emulation, will blur the lines between persons of natural and artificial origin.\\

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* Ray Kurzweil is probably the foremost advocate of the hard singularity and often regarded as being one of the most optimistic among authorities of the subject. He believes the near future will see human extension and transformation through genetic engineering followed on following (and probably overlapping with) nanotechnology which will lead to better long term maintenance and upgrades of the human body and radical improvements in the versatility, precision and energy efficiency of manufacturing. Finally, robots will mature and become prevalent. In particular, he believes many robots can and will be of the RidiculouslyHumanRobot variety (right down to the highly nuanced emotional states, as far as mental processes go) which, combined with augmented reality, virtual reality, and whole brain emulation, will blur the lines between persons of natural and artificial origin.\\



He acknowledges the challenges along with way. The genetic revolution will lead to smaller and smaller groups being able to engineer biological superweapons. This will lead to an exponentially increasing probability of a global scale attack. This in turn will be countered by the nano machine revolution since nanobots will be able to overpower any virus. But the nanotech revolution will create its own destructive potential which necessitates us moving to (or creating a species of) synthetic resilient bodies with human and/or synthetic intelligences (with the possibility for hybrids of the two.)\\

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He acknowledges the challenges along with the way. The genetic revolution will lead to smaller and smaller groups being able to engineer biological superweapons. This will lead to an exponentially increasing probability of a global scale attack. This in turn will be countered by the nano machine revolution since nanobots will be able to overpower any virus. But the nanotech revolution will create its own destructive potential which necessitates us moving to (or creating a species of) synthetic resilient bodies with human and/or synthetic intelligences (with the possibility for hybrids of the two.)\\
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