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You've probably heard of a concept known as the Technological Singularity — a nebulous event that's supposed to happen in the not-too-distant future. Much of the uncertainty surrounding this possibility, however, has led to wild speculation, confusion, and outright denial. Here are the worst myths you've been told about the Singularity.

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Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750 — a time when the world was in a permanent power outage, long-distance communication meant either yelling loudly or firing a cannon in the air, and all transportation ran on hay. When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch him react to everything.

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Consciousness uploading to a computer network at the time of death. It is a great idea. It will happen. People will be able to live forever, roam the universe, experience the unimaginable. Or perhaps it will all get ruined by corporations, as this video — which can be the plot for a Black Mirror episode — shows.

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Falling into a black hole never sounded like fun. How could it? Black holes are the darkest places in the universe, where not even light can escape the singularity's immense gravitational pull. It wouldn't be fun. But what, exactly, would happen?

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So many movies, books, TV shows and crazy guys on street corners have told us that the end is nigh. That mankind's messing about with the idea of artificial intelligence will yield untold destruction for the human race, to the point that our last best hope becomes Keanu Reeves (whoa...). But how plausible is it? Are we headed towards an inevitable melding of man and machine, and what are the ethics of advancing technology like your smartphone to make it think for itself?

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Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 might just be the salve to soothe Windows Vista ouchies, but what Windows fans really want is something that hasn't yet been announced. Mary-Jo of All About Microsoft says that internally, there's a project called Singularity that's designed to solve all kinds of shortcomings in current operating systems, upending the traditional way of thinking in favour of something dramatically different. And while Singularity won't be released to the public, Midori, which takes a lot of cues from it, will.