Link Dump

Time is short this week, so I'll just have to rely on my army of chain smoking monkey researchers for a few links:
  • The Singularity: Vernor Vinge's take on the Singularity. He predicts that we'll have the technology to create a super-human intelligence within 30 years, and that once the transition is made, " the human era will be ended." The concept has been around a while (and Vinge has written a pair of novels focusing on those ideas, amongst other things) and this 1993 essay is a good introduction.
  • A Gamer's Manifesto: David Wong and Haimoimoi deliver a hearth breaking list of things gamers really want out of their games. Astute readers may remember Wong's brilliant Ultimate War Sim. The manifesto isn't quite as funny, but it does nail the frustrating things about gaming right on the head. And, of course, with all the calls for better AI, they're just begging for the Singularity...
  • Interview with Umberto Eco in the Telegraph: The topics include a comparison of Foucault's Pendulum and The Da Vinci Code (big difference) and whether Eco is the Italian Salman Rushdie (no). Interestingly enough, before I knew what the Singularity was, I had thought that "Abufalafia" (the allegedly "incredible" computer from Eco's Foucault's Pendulum) would comprise of just such an intelligence. Alas, once I read the book, I realized it was not to be... [via Johno at The Ministry of Minor Perfidy]
  • Zak Smith�s Illustrations For Each Page of Gravity�s Rainbow: "The Modern Word hosts a staggering 755 illustrations by New York based artist, Zak Smith, depicting the events and imagery of Pynchon�s magnum opus." Some interesting stuff there... I'll have to add a link to my review. [via William Pittsburg, who apparently wrote the introduction and coded the pages]
That's all for now, perhaps more early in the week...

Update: Added another link and some text...