The New York Times recently offered a well-written introduction to the technological singularity for the average reader. In this report the Times notes the role of Google and Silicon Valley in promoting research and scholarship, as well as the founding voice of Ray Kurzweil, Vernor Vinge, and John von Neumann in guiding what the Times calls a movement. The article then moves on to consider the technological changes just over the horizon and the industry leaders that are pointing the way. Author Ashlee Vance does not allow herself to get carried away by the hype and carefully notes dissenting voices and doubters. In all, an impressive primer for those unfamiliar with the singularity.