If it walks like a singularity, and quacks like a singularity

The always-thought-provoking Charlie Stross writes:

What kind of society are we likely to get if it turns out that yes, we’re hitting peak oil round about now, but that it’s possible to process random junk biomass into crude oil for $100 a barrel, and $1000 will buy you a machine that you plug into your laptop and that can make, well, just about any small macroscopic structure you can design, out of feedstock derived from biosynthetic crude oil or woodchips, or paper?

Fortune500 companies would be better off hiring science-fiction writers than MBA consultants right now.

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