In 1993, computer scientist Vernor Vinge published an essay titled "The Coming Technological Singularity." It detailed a time, in the relatively near future, when the exponential growth of computing power and disparate technologies would coalesce, leading to a single moment of sudden technological evolution that would fundamentally change the fabric of reality for humanity and usher in the "post-human" era. While famed scientist/inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts this singularity won't occur until sometime in 2045, this week may very well go down in history as the moment when the Internet hit a "singularity moment" that accelerated the evolution of the Web in such rapid fashion as to move the space into heretofore unknown territory. Quietly, nearly unnoticed—as are many of history's major events—two recent announcements that could dictate the very future of media slipped into the news stream amid the din of billion-dollar digital Internet deals and print media buyouts.
keyboard shortcuts: V vote up article J next comment K previous comment