Before IBM's Deep Blue made it cool, there was a chess-playing computer. In the late 18th century and into the 19th, it wowed incredulous audiences who couldn't tell, though many suspected, that a human was somehow behind it.
This year things changed. This year people spoke about things that have actually happened. Things, which just a short while ago, were the stuff of speculation and science fiction. It looks like we will look back at 2011 as the year when the Singularity actually began.