Being interested in Science Fiction (specifically Cyberpunk) and technology since the mid to late 80ies, I just recently stumbled across a phenomenon called "technological singularity," that is currently being discussed both in sci-fi literature and by world-renowned futurists, scientists, and thinkers. A summarizing description of this term is that the currently ongoing exponential (not linear!) growth of technology, described for example by the law of accelerating returns, is going to lead to a point at which the speed of new technology being invented, released, applied and used is going to be faster than we are able to follow or, at least currently, comprehend. Now, the mind-boggling and maybe scary part about this so-called technological singularity is that it might not be as far of into the future as you think it is but that it could already happen around 2050. A little bit of background info: Wikipedia definition of the term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity The Law of Accelerating Returns - http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html?printable=1 Video: Ray Kurzweil presentation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zo82W7aPI (Ray Kurzweil talks about the technological singularity at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA.) Video: Interview of Vernor Vinge - http://singinst.org/media/singularitysummit2008/vernorvinge-bobpisani (Vernor Vinge introduces the concept of the Singularity and explains why he believes it will happen before 2030.) Video: Ray Kurzweil and John Horgan debate - http://singinst.org/media/singularitysummit2008/raykurzweiljohnhorgan (Ray Kurzweil and John Horgan debate whether a singularity is near or far.) Singularity Summit - http://www.singularitysummit.com/ (A gathering of thinkers to explore the rising impact of science and technology on society.) Singularity Hub - http://singularityhub.com/ (A blog about current news in the fields of nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, AGI, etc.) "The Singularity Is Near" by Ray Kurzweil (2005 New York Times Best Seller, http://singularity.com/) (A book describing the phenomenon of a technological singularity and what could lead to it.) "Accelerando" by Charles Stross (2005 science fiction novel, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerando_(novel)) (A collection of futuristic short stories describing the events before, during, and after a technological singularity.) "Rainbows End" by Vernor Vinge (2006 science fiction novel, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbows_End) (A futuristic sci-fi novel taking place in 2025 - just a few years before a potential technological singularity.) => Do you think something like this could really happen? => Have you even ever heard about it? => What are your thoughts about this (potential) phenomenon?