Nov 24, 2023

Vernor Vinge’s Early Science Fiction, 1965–1983; A Quest for Superhuman Intelligence & Singularities

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Vernor Vinge is one of the foremost thinkers about the future of artificial intelligence and the potential for a technological singularity to occur in the coming decades. He’s a science fiction writer who’s had a profound impact on a wide range of authors including: William Gibson, Charles Stross, Neal Stephenson and Dan Simmons.

Many of Vinge’s works are brilliant. Among them are some of my all-time favorites in the SF genre. And he’s been recognized with numerous awards, including seven Hugo nominations and five wins, despite writing only eight novels and 24 short stories and novellas over a span of five decades.

In this video, I discuss his early works from the 1960s to the 1980s. His later works from the 1980s onward are the subject of my next video.

0:42 What is a technological singularity?
4:51 A.I. in science fiction history.
5:38 Should we be afraid?
6:59 Who is Vernor VInge?
8:50 Short stories.
11:26 Tatja Grimm’s World (1969, 1987)
13:47 The Witling (1976)
17:40 True Names (1981)

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