Talk:1668: Singularity

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Incidentally, Rapture of the Nerds mentions Toxoplasma gondii in passing. .42 (talk) 13:19, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Great! Who brought Roko's Basilisk into this?! Now we to delete the entire Explain in order to contain this threat. >:( There needs to be an internet rule that forbids the discussion of the basilisk. Except that such a rule only furthers its creation. Augh!!!R0hrshach (talk) 15:13, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Quantum gravity

Is there something more to this joke than the comedy of public nudity? With Munroe there usually is. 13:46, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Naked singularity. .42 (talk) 13:50, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
Ahh, I missed the Naked singularity joke. Good catch. 14:53, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
The "incomplete" tag ("Haven't explained title text") should be removed, it is no longer needed. The title text is surely a reference to the physics rule that black holes always have event horizons (the naked singularity is never exposed to the rest of the universe), as noted in the final paragraph (as of this writing). (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
I just realized, Randall's characters are effectively almost naked! (They may wear hats, but clothing is only drawn for effect, such as a flower-printed sun dress, or an open trench coat.) (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It looks like this is a continuation of comic #1084: Server Problem, which ends with Megan suggesting Cueball should shut down his laptop and wait for the singularity. 16:35, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

It doesn't. First, in 1084, cueball was working on a server problem, but in this, he is editing a file. Second, in this one, there is no sight of any tech problems. Just because both mention the singularity does not mean that this is a continuation. HisHighestMinion (talk) 19:55, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

The "Yup/Nope" combo reminds me of "Choices (Yup)" by E-40. I'd link it but: ads. The hook seems to match like staying rich, not selling your soul and not worrying about what anyone thinks, while the phone's apparently "broke". Elvenivle (talk) 05:32, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

While singularity does involve artificial intelligence surpassing humans, I don't think this involves personal computers in any way. Unless minimal requirements for new games get really high, personal computers wouldn't have nearly enough computation power for AI. Cloud servers, maybe. Don't store your stuff in cloud, you may lose it in singularity. -- Hkmaly (talk) 14:23, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

It could be distributed computing. HisHighestMinion (talk) 19:55, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
You might not actually lose the data in the cloud in case of singularity. However, it might be used by the AI to make you do stuff against your wishes - like buying things online. Wait....! 00:14, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

"The rising up of the laptop into the air, and the remaining behind of the phone, are probably references to the Rapture, where some Christian denominations believe that at the second coming of Christ, true believers will be taken up bodily from this world" What the actual fuck Isn't that stretching it a bit too far? 16:25, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Cueball mentions the Tribulation, which is an explicit reference to the Rapture, so Randall is clearly drawing a parallel between the "Bible Rapture" and the "Rapture of the Nerds". (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I'm pretty sure most of the joke of this comic can be summarized as "the singularity is treated as if it's the machines' variant of the christian rapture", the phone didn't come to the singularity because it's the machine equivalent of an atheist. It has nothing to do with phones and computers having different software. 00:50, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

I think this ties in with the "Left Behind" series of novels by by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which deals with various aspects of the end times. 20:24, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Um, hey, so apparently the explanation is incomplete? Yet I don't see any reasons for such, much less the "Incomplete" banner... What's the issue? -- Papayaman1000 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I agree with the unsigned poster above. The incomplete listing was due to the title text not being explained, which has now been fixed. This is an outdated listing. CJB42 (talk) 19:20, 15 May 2016 (UTC)