Re: Egan dismisses Singularity, maybe

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 21:43:06 MDT

mike99 wrote:

> A human IQ equivalent of, say, 200
> may be great and wonderful. But where are the IQ 2000 intellects? Does Egan
> believe that a) such a level is unattainable, or b) faster thinking equals
> greater intelligence
Even if he believes "a" or "b", there's also c) it's impossible to describe
in detail the actions of someone literally ten or twenty times more
intelligent than yourself. Such entities cannot really come onstage in a
work of fiction.

I'm probably only in the top 5 percent of intelligence for humans (I say
"only" because of the company I'm in on this list), but it's impossible
for me to understand in detail many of the actions of people in the top
1/10th percent, a much smaller gap.

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