Vinge singularity

The Vinge singularity, also known referred to as the Singularity or techno-rapture, is the point in the relatively near future, postulated by computer scientist Vernon Vinge (San Diego State University) in 1986, when our self-guided societal, scientific, and economic evolutionary development achieves such a rate, driven by nanotechnology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and possibly uploading, that nothing beyond this time can reliably be extrapolated.