Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 02:01:21 MST

James Higgins wrote:
> Speaking of shock levels, I'm a bit curious. How many people are actually
> at SL4? The definition of which would be that they accept the singularity
> as a near certainty and plan accordingly. Or is there a better definition?

Actually, evaluated probability of Singularity has little to do with it;
it's a question of the way you think about it, not what the final
delivered answer is. If you aren't still going, "My GOD, think of all the
IMPLICATIONS, is humanity really READY for this?" in that ostentatiously
incredulous style pioneered by Ed Regis, Wired magazine, and the Catholic
Church, it means that you've adjusted. You can still be impressed in
general and future-shocked by specific developments, but your general
thinking about the Singularity should be able to go from A to B to C to D
without getting stuck on the sheer stunning amazing et cetera of A.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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