RES< Re: Inevitability of Singularity

Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 14:43:24 MDT

Does anybody have recordings/transcripts workshops at Extro5?
I'd like to scan them for memetic attractors.

-Your favorite Sysop

> Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 20:26:46 -0400
> From: Brian Atkins <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Inevitability of Singularity
> "Christian L." wrote:
> >
> > Just out of curiosity: has the SIAI discussed these matters? Worst case
> > scenarios?
> >
> There has been a little bit of discussion, but this really isn't our
> area other than simply making sure of our own safety... we try to
> support other organizations like ExI and now Pro-Act which was announced
> at Extro 5.
> As for the Singularity, I hold that it is inevitable except in the
> case where humanity wipes all life completely out. For starters, Kurzweil
> made a nice point in his Friday night talk showing how little the
> effect was of the Great Depression and WW2. Secondly, even if the luddites
> were to somehow take us back to the dark ages we would eventually work
> our way back up to this level again... it is the nature of intelligent
> beings to drive the Singularity. So in the long term sense, I do see it
> as the inevitable result of evolution and intelligence.
> But of course we want to get there sooner rather than later.
> --
> Brian Atkins
> Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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