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December 13, 2011

William Gibson debunks the singularity

He spoke on October 16, 2011 at the Chicago Humanities Festival about "how technology is changing our day-to-day lives and whether we need to be self-conscious about it."

Wrote Aaron Leitko in today's Washington Post, "'Look at the Victorians. For some reason, they had a need to deny that sex existed,' he [Gibson] says. 'When we're the Victorians, I think that people will say, 'For some reason they had a need to distinguish between what they thought of as the real and the virtual.'"

More: "The author takes a moment to debunk 'singularity' — the theory that man and machine will eventually merge in some kind of climax — calling it 'the geek rapture.' In Gibson's opinion, the biggest changes will sneak into our lives gradually, the way Walkmans morphed into iPods, then iPhones. 'There's not going to be any 'future,' because things are changing too quickly,' he says. 'It’s just going to be... stranger and stranger, and as it happens to you, you will be in the present moment, and it will be weird.'"

December 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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William Gibson is my favorite living writer. He may be my favorite writer period.

My problem with this video is that even with my computer's speakers at maximum volume and the video's audio feed at maximum output, I cannot hear Gibson distinctly. I can hear the interviewer quite well.

Is a transcript of this interview available online?

Posted by: antares | Dec 13, 2011 8:01:47 PM

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