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Silicon Valley confronts the idea that the 'Singularity' is here

By David Streitfeld

11 Jun 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Silicon Valley leaders are both excited and fearful about the potential of artificial intelligence to bring about the Singularity, a milestone where human and machine intelligence unite, causing drastic and irreversible changes.

SAN FRANCISCO — For decades, Silicon Valley anticipated the moment when a new technology would come along and change everything. It would unite human and machine, probably for the better but possibly for the worse, and split history into before and after.

The name for this milestone: the Singularity.

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