Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.Given that this is 2008, that means that we have 15 years to go. At that point he will be 79, so that still gives his books a decent amount of time to sell :-) Some of the ideas that I found interesting about Vinge's works are:
- The timespans involved: Marooned in Real Time for example takes place over the course of 50 million years.
- The approaches he takes to super-human intelligence: rather than out-and-out replacement, his works gravitate towards gradual enchancement.
- The notion of The Singularity.