August 3rd, 2006
One of the tenets of The singularity is the cross pollination of research areas. Research in neuroscience will need to merge with nano for example to create the kind of breakthroughts that are necessary.
This means a dramatic acceleration in collaboration between organizations, researchers, and across disciplines. Will new technology spring up to support this collaboration. I hope so. One of the more interesting new services here is PLOS - the Public Library of Science. PLOS’s central theory is that the cost of subscription to research journals in many cases limits the spread of important research knowledge. PLOS publishes 1st tier journals for free, but charges the researchers a nominal fee to be included in publication.
Wired has an excellent introduction to PLOS: