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Seth Rogen is developing a sitcom about the Singularity

About a time when computers are smarter than humans.
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If you've never heard of The Singularity, it's the concept made famous by Ray Kurzweil that society's going to be up-ended by the rise of AI. Give it a few years and it might be more well-known as a sitcom created by Seth Rogen and his writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg. Rogen told the Nerdist podcast (as reported by Slashfilm) that they're currently working on a script with a view to shooting a half-hour pilot for FX in 2017.

The Singularity is a catch-all term for what happens when the worlds of computing and biology reach their apex. When machines are smart enough to create their own replacements and the costs of doing so fall, the computing power on offer will increase exponentially. It won't be long until we're all equipped with Jake 2.0-style nanobots and existing in a shared consciousness that makes us all geniuses. Or something along those lines.

The Singularity also explains that these technological changes will come slowly at first, and then all in one big rush. If you want proof of this, imagine how you 10 or 15 years ago would have reacted to the notions of Uber and Pokémon Go. Of course, the concept of a human struggling to keep up with the changing pace of society at its technological apex is a rich vein for comedy. Just ask Phillip J. Fry.

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