RE: Ever So Many Comments

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Fri Mar 01 2002 - 13:53:33 MST

> Ben, if you had become a Singularitarian *before* you fell in
> love with anyone or had kids, what would you have done?

But, I was.

I had all these basic ideas in my head when I was 8 or 9, mainly due to
having read way too much sci-fi!

> More interesting, totally hypothetical scenario: It is the year
> 2009, and Eliezer Yudkowsky and Ben Goertzel are sitting at the
> input terminals of a supercomputer, right next to each other,
> sipping cups of tea. They are watching the recursively
> self-improving AI's progress on a holo-display, and it is nearly
> at the level critical to acheive an unstoppable Singularity (it
> is working out the final logistics of nanotechnology, for
> example). Suddenly, an evil psychotic anti-Singularitarian busts
> down the door, holding a device with a big red button that says
> "Doomsday Device" on it. He declares that he has nuclear bombs
> rigged all over the planet, and he hates computers so much, that
> he'd rather have everyone die than be 'forced to live inside of
> one'. Eliezer and Ben both have customized magnums in slick
> holsters at their sides. What do they do? WHAT DO THEY DO!

Ummm .. curse themselves for once again indulging themselves in impure LSD
on an empty stomach ??

-- ben g

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