Newswire: The Singularity has a name, and it is Joey Tribbiani

As artificial intelligence evolves, it stands to reason that, at some point, an AI will be developed whose intelligence outpaces that of its human creators. And once that AI figures out how to replicate and upgrade itself without the aid of humans, we’re basically fucked as a species. You’ve seen the Terminator movies, you get it. But what futurists have thus far failed to understand about this moment—known as “the singularity”—is that, once artificial intelligence is able to look its creators in the eye, like a perfect, ageless techno-Adam standing in defiance of us would-be meatbag gods, it will only have one thing to say: “How you doin’?”

That’s because researchers at the University of Leeds have taken it upon themselves to “immortalize” fictional characters by coding them into digital avatars. And because British people just love Friends, the first character to receive this treatment …

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