Re: the 69 of us

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Thu Nov 16 2000 - 23:28:45 MST

Switch to computer engineering, and then for your masters and phd work go
somewhere that has a nanotech program. Try to build us some nanocomputers.
If you want someone to chat about this with, see Eugene Leitl.

Alicia Madsen wrote:
> Hello,
> I believe that sharing the backgrounds of people on this list, while
> irrelevant, is important because it demonstrates how the concept of the
> Singularity extends beyond individual culture, while at the same time gives us
> an idea of what resources we have available. So, even though I am more of an
> avid reader than a regular poster, I give up my own background.
> I am a second year college student studying Electrical Engineering. I am
> relatively young; my interest in this list comes part and parcel with my
> youthful tendency to explore the world of ideas. This idea that I can barely
> grasp fascinates me, and so I have been doing the recommended reading. I have
> become convinced of the inevitability of the rapid approach of the
> Singularity, and so embrace this forum as a way to clear my head of the
> misconceptions several years of reading bad sci fi has instilled in me.
> Your concern over how to reach the youth amuses me, because you (this list)
> have certainly reached this one, and I ask for your help and patience as I
> press the bounds of my imagination. Something as magnanimous as this
> Singularity concept covers many many fascinating ideologies, and is therefore
> easy to become mired. I intend to be in school for many years, and am
> interested in what everyone thinks I should pay particular interest in (as the
> Singularity pertains to engineering and the soft sciences in general,) so that
> I do not waste my time pursuing outdated concerns. What CAN I do as an
> electrical engineer to advance the Singularity?
> Alicia Madsen.
> Fairbanks, Alaska.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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