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8th Jun '16 12:44:34 AM jormis29
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* In the game Duskers, a major story line that may be considered to happen along with the others is that a 'Grey Goo' has caused The Singularity, using humans and organic matter as a resource.

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* In the game Duskers, ''VideoGame/{{Duskers}}'', a major story line that may be considered to happen along with the others is that a 'Grey Goo' 'GreyGoo' has caused The Singularity, using humans and organic matter as a resource.
26th May '16 9:54:24 PM Doug86
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* The ''Ægypt'' books by John Crowley. The protagonist, Pierce Moffatt discovers that there is more than one history of the world. The ancient world was governed by alchemy, magic and astrology, and then the world changed to what we know now. The moment this change occurred was basically a protracted Singularity called the Renaissance and our distorted memories about this old world, now lost, are what gave rise to fortune telling and stories about Gypsies. And the sixties.

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* The ''Ægypt'' ''[=Æ=]gypt'' books by John Crowley. The protagonist, Pierce Moffatt discovers that there is more than one history of the world. The ancient world was governed by alchemy, magic and astrology, and then the world changed to what we know now. The moment this change occurred was basically a protracted Singularity called the Renaissance and our distorted memories about this old world, now lost, are what gave rise to fortune telling and stories about Gypsies. And the sixties.
25th May '16 8:08:18 PM Rocksnotch
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* In the game Duskers, a major story line that may be considered to happen along with the others is that a 'Grey Goo' has caused The Singularity, using humans and organic matter as a resource.
19th May '16 6:17:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'' takes place approximately 300 years after the Technological Singularity, when things have calmed down a bit. Most of humanity lives in the Sobornost mind upload collective with no sense of individuality or free will, while the rest have either scattered into small {{Transhuman}} civilizations across the Solar System or joined the Zoku, a competing upload collective that rejects the concept of a permanent identity entirely. BlueAndOrange morality abounds and those who still care for flesh bodies have to be constantly wary of being trampled by gods and giants.

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* Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'' ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' takes place approximately 300 years after the Technological Singularity, when things have calmed down a bit. Most of humanity lives in the Sobornost mind upload collective with no sense of individuality or free will, while the rest have either scattered into small {{Transhuman}} civilizations across the Solar System or joined the Zoku, a competing upload collective that rejects the concept of a permanent identity entirely. BlueAndOrange morality abounds and those who still care for flesh bodies have to be constantly wary of being trampled by gods and giants.
8th May '16 3:48:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* For the record, [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/06/reality-check-1.html here's]] what Creator/CharlesStross, author of ''{{Accelerando}},'' actually has to say about the Singularity or lack thereof.

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* For the record, [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/06/reality-check-1.html here's]] what Creator/CharlesStross, author of ''{{Accelerando}},'' ''Literature/{{Accelerando}},'' actually has to say about the Singularity or lack thereof.
28th Mar '16 3:31:03 PM lvthn13
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* There was a short story about how some aliens wanted to destroy human civilization, left two universal copying machines that could duplicate anything non-living, perfectly, using nothing more than any raw material and flashlight batteries for power. Think of a 3D printer that makes absolutely perfect copies of any object, sells for US$29.95 and needs nothing but dirt for the raw materials. So, someone uses the devices to copy them, and starts selling them, and now the cat's out of the bag. Well, it destroys the value of anything mined, made, fabricated or constructed, including precious metals and precious stones, people can just copy currency with absolute atomic perfection, so money won't work. So, basically they overcome this problem by use of credit, keeping the effective value of people's assets in computer records, and now everyone becomes an artisan, making one-of-a-kind objects that are expensive (for the original), because once made they can be perfectly duplicated, or they go into farming, ranching, animal husbandry (like raising pets), or genetic manipulation to create new traits in animals, since none of these things can be duplicated. So no longer having resource shortages, the alien plan backfires because now humans have an even higher standard of living.

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* There was a short story about how some aliens wanted to destroy human civilization, left two universal copying machines that could duplicate anything non-living, perfectly, using nothing more than any raw material and flashlight batteries for power. Think of a 3D printer that makes absolutely perfect copies of any object, sells for US$29.95 and needs nothing but dirt for the raw materials. So, someone uses the devices to copy them, and starts selling them, and now the cat's out of the bag. Well, it destroys the value of anything mined, made, fabricated or constructed, including precious metals and precious stones, people can just copy currency with absolute atomic perfection, so money won't work. So, basically they overcome this problem by use of credit, keeping the effective value of people's assets in computer records, and now everyone becomes an artisan, making one-of-a-kind objects that are expensive (for the original), because once made they can be perfectly duplicated, or they go into farming, ranching, animal husbandry (like raising pets), or genetic manipulation to create new traits in animals, since none of these things can be duplicated. So no longer having resource shortages, the alien plan backfires because now humans have an even higher standard of living.
27th Mar '16 11:20:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Although it predates the term Singularity by decades, the film ''ForbiddenPlanet'' is about a civilization that [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens transcended instrumentality]]. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Not that it ended well]] for them, of course.

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* Although it predates the term Singularity by decades, the film ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' is about a civilization that [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens transcended instrumentality]]. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Not that it ended well]] for them, of course.



* ''{{Accelerando}}'' by Creator/CharlesStross. Towards the end of the novel the post-human protagonists are referred to as living in "the mentally retarded backwater slums of the universe," and yet they are immortal shapeshifters who can have all their dreams come true. That is how amazing the singularity they rejected is.

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* ''{{Accelerando}}'' ''Literature/{{Accelerando}}'' by Creator/CharlesStross. Towards the end of the novel the post-human protagonists are referred to as living in "the mentally retarded backwater slums of the universe," and yet they are immortal shapeshifters who can have all their dreams come true. That is how amazing the singularity they rejected is.



* ArthurCClarke's ''ChildhoodsEnd''. A race called the Overlords contact each species a few generations before it undergoes its singularity, to help ease that species into joining the galactic HiveMind. Worthy of note is the fact that the Overlords' extremely high level of technology actually ''prevents'' them from joining the galactic hive-mind themselves. They still take orders from that hive-mind, though. Their inability to join the hive-mind was what led to their advanced technology. Other intelligent species got to skip various levels of technological development via a telepathic singularity. The overlords basically reached the limits of technology and had nothing left to do in the universe. They agreed to serve the hive-mind in order to have a temporary raison d'être, as well as the hope that if they study enough races as they AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they'll figure out the trick. Their species had been seriously considering voluntary extinction before they were contacted.
* In ''TheSpaceOdysseySeries'', Singularity is what happened to the race that created the Monoliths... and they eventually bring it to [[spoiler: David Bowman and Hal]].

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* ArthurCClarke's ''ChildhoodsEnd''.Creator/ArthurCClarke:
** ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd''.
A race called the Overlords contact each species a few generations before it undergoes its singularity, to help ease that species into joining the galactic HiveMind. Worthy of note is the fact that the Overlords' extremely high level of technology actually ''prevents'' them from joining the galactic hive-mind themselves. They still take orders from that hive-mind, though. Their inability to join the hive-mind was what led to their advanced technology. Other intelligent species got to skip various levels of technological development via a telepathic singularity. The overlords basically reached the limits of technology and had nothing left to do in the universe. They agreed to serve the hive-mind in order to have a temporary raison d'être, as well as the hope that if they study enough races as they AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they'll figure out the trick. Their species had been seriously considering voluntary extinction before they were contacted.
* ** In ''TheSpaceOdysseySeries'', ''Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries'', Singularity is what happened to the race that created the Monoliths... and they eventually bring it to [[spoiler: David Bowman and Hal]].
17th Mar '16 6:08:38 AM LeifEriksson
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* In VideoGame/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.]]

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* In VideoGame/Undertale *In ''Undertale'' the humans are this because [[spoiler [[spoiler: they have the powers of Determination which is why they won the war against monsters and forced them underground.]]
17th Mar '16 6:06:33 AM LeifEriksson
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*In VideoGame/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.]]
23rd Feb '16 8:17:48 AM thekeyofe
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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' features the Krypt, [[spoiler:a HiveMind of glowing purple spheres capable of space travel. The crypt was originally the leadership council of the Vell-os (telepathic humans), and they used nanotechnology to turn themselves into the Krypt]]. A singularity is implied, tens of thousands of years down the line in at least two plotlines.

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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' features the Krypt, [[spoiler:a HiveMind of glowing purple spheres capable of space travel. The crypt was originally the leadership council of the Vell-os (telepathic humans), and they used nanotechnology to turn themselves into the Krypt]]. A Also, at least two of the six major storylines imply a singularity is implied, (of the AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence kind) tens of thousands of years down after the line in at least two plotlines.game ends.
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