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Here I had tried a straightforward extrapolation of technology, and found myself precipitated over an abyss. Its a problem we face every time we consider the creation of intelligences greater than our own. When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity - a place where extrapolation breaks down and new models must be applied - and the world will pass beyond our understanding.
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He claimed that nearby gun thunder cleared the mind - but most everybody else agreed it made you daft.

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Here we begin frank speculation. And since we are speculating, we'll use those powerful pseudo-laws, the Principles of Mediocrity and Minimal Assumption.

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You are enjoying the gift of genius. When ordinary people are confronted with multiple tragedies, the pain scarcely increases. They simple can't feel the extra burdens. But you have a greater capacity for suffering.

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Enormous cemeteries existed among sedentary civilizations, where the weight of the past grew larger than any present time.

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They had been at the center of something vast, but as usual with the affairs of the Powers, no one knew quite what had happened, nor the result of the strivings.
A Fire Upon the Deep

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Though his invention worked superbly [ ... ] his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end.

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Five seconds, ten seconds, more change than ten thousand years of a human
civilization. A billion trillion constructions, mold curling out from every wall,
rebuilding what had been merely superhuman.

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Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.

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The dilemma felt by science fiction writers will be perceived in other creative endeavors.

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The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility.

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Poor humans; they will all die.""Poor us; we will not.

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All his life he had lived by the law. Often his job had been to stop acts of revenge ... And now revenge was all that life had left for him.

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What we have is a data glut.

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