Re: Journalism

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 22:25:30 MDT

Damien, let's face it- Ray has tons more "media power" comparatively.
Maybe it's all those prizes he keeps winning, or something else, but when
he publishes that book I guarantee you there will be some sort of media
frenzy. Perhaps someone on the list could help explain to us the tricks
of the trade- *hint* *hint* *hint* (you know who you are).

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 11:54 PM 4/23/01 -0700, Ben and then Samantha wrote:
> >> Anyway, it's clear from this conference and from Kurzweil's forthcoming
> book
> >> that the Singularity concept is going to seep into the tech media over the
> >> next couple years.
> >It will go further than the tech media. It will soar into general
> >awareness, for good or ill. Time to get those beneficial meme machines
> >cranking.
> I hope this does not seem off-topic or pettily self-interested, but I get
> increasingly Bent & Twisted when I see such remarks. The updated edition of
> my popular science book on the Singularity, THE SPIKE, has been available
> in the USA now for three months. As far as I can see, it covers much the
> same territory as Ray Kurzweil's forthcoming book, with much the same
> optimistic attitude to the coming changes. Yet I see almost zero response
> to its existence. That is, damn-all reviews in the States (despite some
> nice endorsements from transhumanists in forums such as the Extropian
> list), little acknowledgement that the thing exists.
> It's a beneficial meme machine, *in potentia*. But of course a meme that
> isn't taken up and circulated isn't a meme at all.
> Damien Broderick
> [`the meme rath outgrabe'!]

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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