From: Gordon Worley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 17:34:30 MST
At 12:39 AM +1000 10/31/01, Skevos Mavros wrote:
>If life on the other side of the the singularity is unknowably different,
>how can we be sure that the singularity a good thing?
> - Could it be a bad thing?
> - What are the chances it could be a bad thing?
> - If the singularity goes bad, how bad could it get?
One thing I have to be careful of in writing this FAQ is not to jump
to conclusions for people and say 'The Singularity is Good! Through
yourself upon it!'. As such, I can't really answer the question 'Is
the Singularity good/bad?' but I can say 'The Singularity will mean X
and Y and will cause A, B, and C but also Z'.
>Either you people are creating some weird new genre of online science
>fiction, or you've got some *serious* plans for everybody's future. Why
>should the rest of us trust you?
This is actually a very important question to answer and I think is a
good reason for Eliezer to keep getting on people about
spelling/grammar/etc., even if it's just because he finds it annoying
(and, to be honest, I think even people with bad
spelling/grammar/etc. find the misuse of language annoying). Most
people don't base trust on content, but on appearances.
-- Gordon Worley `When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty http://www.rbisland.cx/ said, `it means just what I choose email@example.com it to mean--neither more nor less.' PGP: 0xBBD3B003 --Lewis Carroll
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