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'''Singularitarianism''' is an ideology that centers around the belief that a technological [[Singularity]] is a desirable and achievable goal for humanity in the near term future. Advocates believe that future technology will create a world where death and disease have been eliminated,  [[superintelligence]] has arrived and society becomes post-scarcity. This has led to some critics accusing the movement of being a religion and mockingly refer to the singularity as being the "rapture of the nerds"
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'''Singularitarianism''' refers to attitudes or beliefs favoring a [[Technological singularity|technological singularity]].  
  
However, many Singularitarians will reject that the movement is a religion, arguing that they are free from authoritarian dogma, individuals are not required to have any mystical beliefs and there are no penalties for being a non-believer or any long term additional benefits for believers over non-believers.
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The term was coined by Mark Plus, then given a more specific meaning by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] in his [http://yudkowsky.net/obsolete/principles.html Singularitarian principles]. "Singularitarianism", early on, referred to an principled activist stance aimed at creating a singularity for the benefit of humanity as a whole, and in particular to the movement surrounding the [[Machine Intelligence Research Institute]].
  
Several leading figures from the movement have written extensively about what it means to be a Singularitarian. These include Ray Kurzweil, Eliezer Yudkowsky and Nick Bostrom, as well as countless academic papers from many others discussing the feasibility of Singularitarian technology.
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The term has since sometimes been used differently, without it implying the specific principles listed by Yudkowsky. For example, [[Ray Kurzweil]]'s book "The Singularity Is Near" contains a chapter titled [http://cmisley.wordpress.com/2009/05/18/chapter-seven-ich-bin-ein-singularitarian/ "Ich bin ein Singularitarian"], in which Kurzweil describes his own vision for technology improving the world. Others have used the term to refer to [http://www.singularityweblog.com/top-10-singularitarians/ people with an impact on the Singularity] and to [http://www.kurzweilai.net/i-am-the-very-model-of-a-singularitarian "expanding one's mental faculties by merging with technology"]. Others have used "Singularitarian" to refer to anyone who predicts a technological singularity will happen.
  
There is also an active, online community and annual gatherings of Singularitarians at events such as the Singularity Summit.
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Yudkowsky has (perhaps facetiously) [http://www.acceleratingfuture.com/michael/blog/2008/09/singularitarian/ suggested] that those adhering to the original activist stance relabel themselves the "Elder Singularitarians".  
  
 
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Singularitarianism refers to attitudes or beliefs favoring a technological singularity.

The term was coined by Mark Plus, then given a more specific meaning by Eliezer Yudkowsky in his Singularitarian principles. "Singularitarianism", early on, referred to an principled activist stance aimed at creating a singularity for the benefit of humanity as a whole, and in particular to the movement surrounding the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

The term has since sometimes been used differently, without it implying the specific principles listed by Yudkowsky. For example, Ray Kurzweil's book "The Singularity Is Near" contains a chapter titled "Ich bin ein Singularitarian", in which Kurzweil describes his own vision for technology improving the world. Others have used the term to refer to people with an impact on the Singularity and to "expanding one's mental faculties by merging with technology". Others have used "Singularitarian" to refer to anyone who predicts a technological singularity will happen.

Yudkowsky has (perhaps facetiously) suggested that those adhering to the original activist stance relabel themselves the "Elder Singularitarians".

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