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Vernor Vinge Quotes and Sayings

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The physical extinction of the human race is one possibility.
- Vernor Vinge

When people speak of creating superhumanly intelligent beings,
they are usually imagining an AI project.
- Vernor Vinge

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

How will the approach of the Singularity spread across the human world view?
- Vernor Vinge

 

IA is something that is proceeding very naturally,
in most cases not even recognized by its developers for what it is.
- Vernor Vinge

In fact, there was general agreement that minds can
exist on nonbiological substrates and that algorithms
are of central importance to the existence of minds.
- Vernor Vinge

I argue in this paper that we are on the edge of change
comparable to the rise of human life on Earth.
- Vernor Vinge

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Note that I am not proposing that AI research be ignored or less funded.
- Vernor Vinge

The problem is not simply that the Singularity represents
the passing of humankind from center stage,
but that it contradicts our most deeply held notions of being.
- Vernor Vinge

But every time our ability to access information and
to communicate it to others is improved,
in some sense we have achieved an increase over natural intelligence.
- Vernor Vinge

We humans have millions of years of evolutionary baggage
that makes us regard competition in a deadly light.
- Vernor Vinge

The work that is truly productive is the domain of
a steadily smaller and more elite fraction of humanity.
- Vernor Vinge

Another symptom of progress toward the Singularity:
ideas themselves should spread ever faster,
and even the most radical will quickly become commonplace.
- Vernor Vinge

Even the largest avalanche is triggered by small things.
- Vernor Vinge

Animals can adapt to problems and make inventions,
but often no faster than natural selection can do its work -
the world acts as its own simulator in the case of natural selection.
- Vernor Vinge

Within thirty years, we will have the technological
means to create superhuman intelligence.
- Vernor Vinge

It is a point where our old models must be discarded and a new reality rules.
- Vernor Vinge

But if the technological Singularity can happen,
it will.
- Vernor Vinge

I am suggesting that we recognize that in network and
interface research there is something as profound (and
potential wild) as Artificial Intelligence.
- Vernor Vinge

And for all my rampant technological optimism,
sometimes I think I'd be more comfortable if I were
regarding these transcendental events from one thousand years remove...
instead of twenty.
- Vernor Vinge

When I began writing science fiction in the middle '60s,
it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades
to percolate into the cultural consciousness;
now the lead time seems more like eighteen months.
- Vernor Vinge

I have argued above that we cannot prevent the Singularity,
that its coming is an inevitable consequence of the
humans' natural competitiveness and the possibilities inherent in technology.
- Vernor Vinge

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A mind at peace, a mind centered
and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Being angry harms your physical,
emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Taoists understand that both the mind and the body
are mere tools of the Spirit,
and that intention creates physical reality.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have gratitude for EVERYTHING that has ever occurred
to bring me to this moment.
I accept that no one else is ever to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrences of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played
any role in any of the events of my life
is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you look at the human condition today,
not everyone is well fed, has access to good medical care,
or the physical basics that provide for a healthy and a happy life.
- Ralph Merkle

You must also give mental and physical fitness priority.
- Jim Otto

God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
- Jean Claude Van Damme

And I believe that the best buy in public health today
must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.
- Julie Bishop

Personally, I need a high level of physical fitness
in order to feel at ease.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture.
It is not the physical statement of the structure so
much as what it contains that moves us.
- Arthur Erickson

The new information technology...
Internet and e-mail...
have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
- Peter Drucker

I Forgive Myself and All Others with Compassion -
I forgive everyone, especially myself,
for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life.
I accept that no one else has ever been to blame
for either my joy or my suffering.
The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings
is my own emotional response to the events of my life,
and I am committed to consistently distinguishing
between my feelings about events
and the physical occurrence of those events.
I declare that everyone who has ever played any role
in any of the events of my life is entirely without fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish,
the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
- Bernard Berenson

Religion is a matter of the heart.
No physical inconvenience can warrant
abandonment of one's own religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is not our place to know the mind of God.
Spirit knows what is best in the long run -
best for each of us individually,
and best for humanity as a whole.
This is often very difficult to accept
when we see war and disease in the world
and experience physical and emotional suffering
in ourselves, our family, and our friends.
I consider this belief in God's infinite power
and ultimate wisdom to be the true test of faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consistent physical structures can
allow unbounded intuitive clarity.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement,
increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
- Bob Filner

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me.
- John Fowles

A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances
must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically
necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.
- Barbara Mikulski

We share a wonderful, I think, physical or geographical heritage.
- Dan Miller

A lot of women are turned off by the physical appearance
of some of the first feminists.
- Helen Reddy

I don't know if I see myself as really an action hero,
but I like doing physical movies and I like doing movies
where the writing is very lean.
- Jodie Foster

I'm glad that it was so physical and so isolated.
- Toni Collette

You've got to do it all, the physical as well as the skilful.
- Jamie Redknapp

To make sense to us as physical creatures,
any 'truth' must undergo transformations,
be couched in certain terms or we couldn't understand it.
- Jane Roberts

What a thing is and what it means are not separate,
the former being physical and the latter mental as
we are accustomed to believe.
- James J. Gibson

Real love is more than a physical feeling.
If there's even the slightest doubt in your head about a guy,
then forget about it.
It's not real.
- Ethan Embry

Acting is a total physical, emotional sensation.
- Armand Assante

War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

For me, the martial arts is a search for something inside.
It's not just a physical discipline.
- Brandon Lee

I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural
objects and physical phenomena.
- Edgard Varese

The true traveller is the one urged to move about for physical,
aesthetic, intellectual as well as spiritual reasons.
- Ella Maillart

To win Grand Slams you have to be in the right frame of mind,
the right physical shape.
- Jennifer Capriati

Do you not see, first, that - as a mental abstract -
physical force is directly opposed to morality;
and secondly,
that it practically drives out of existence the moral forces?
- Auberon Herbert

Look at Iraq; look at Afghanistan, where at great personal
physical risk people have gone to the polls and have
rejected the appeal from Bin Laden and his allies to stay at home.
- Gijs de Vries

The greatest evil is physical pain.
- Saint Augustine

I think if you exercise, your state of mind -
my state of mind -
is usually more at ease,
ready for more mental challenges.
Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always
seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.
- Stone Gossard

I was in the middle of a crossroads,
which is a nice way of saying crisis,
physically, emotionally and spiritually.
You know the physical part.
We just talked about it.
- Star Jones

Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.
- Thomas Mann


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