by Derek C. F. Pegritz
(McClellandtown, PA, USA)
A "soft" technological singularity can be defined by any technological development whose evolution and derivative developments cannot be predicted with any real accuracy.
These kinds of singularities happen all the time: the development of the telegraph is one such. Not even the most advanced Victorian futurists could have predicted that the telegraph would eventually lead up to the development of the Internet.
The creation of the early Internet itself in the form of ARPANet represents another soft singularity whose impact none of its creators really could have predicted with any reasonable degree of accuracy.