Links to related content in Chapter 14 -- The Future of the Digital Universe
Kevin Kelly's widely cited 2005 article in Wired magazine -- "We Are the Web" -- can be accessed at their website. This is a very interesting assessment of the evolution of Web 2.0 at its inception.
Vernor Vinge's ground-breaking Singularity paper -- "The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era" -- was presented in 1993 at the VISION-21 Symposium sponsored by NASA's Lewis Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. A very interesting version annotated by Vinge is online here.
For more perspectives on the Singularity -- it was the central theme of the June 2008 issue of IEEE Spectrum accessible online here.
As the book makes clear, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier has been critical of the concept of the Singularity. The Hannah Arendt Center has published an insightful review of his critique with useful links to Lanier's 2010 New York Times op-ed article "The First Church of Robotics" on this subject. There is also link on the site to a review of Lanier's 2010 book You Are Not a Gadget.
The sobering 2011 study that linked sedentary screen time and premature mortality is accessible here. Full citation: Stamatakis, E., Hamer, M. & Dunstan, D. W. (2011). Screen-based entertainment time, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 57, 292-299.