Wouldn't blame it on the BBC though. Many people find the concept of a tech singularity interesting. It is pretty far out though.
Sort of like talking about conspiracy theorys. It can be fun but when someone lets it change the way they act things are going to far.
Talk and play mind games with the edgy stuff but live in the real world.
Some of our FUD attacks fall into this catagory. We get paid to anticipate the uncommon but we need to keep our feet firmly grounded.
One comment on the Register Art though. Personal attacks on an author or advocate are not the same as refutations of their arguments. The foundations of the conclusions in "Singularity" were laid in Drexlers work, Moore's law, and current trends. My comment is that prognosticators are almost always mostly wrong.