From: Mike & Donna Deering (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 15 2002 - 08:56:52 MDT
Ben, thanks for all the info. I have no doubt that it is accurate. As for being half nuts or playing around, I do have a different view of reality than most but I am quite rational. I see ulterior motivations and conspiracies everywhere I look. And I am sometimes wrong. I realize this, so I tone it down some for this list. I worry about ebola, tsunami, run away green house, nano, intellecto, and of course the ants in my front yard are plotting against me (got to get some more ant poison). Still, I would not be surprised to hear that the next big breakthrough in AI was made by some team none of us had heard much about. It strikes me as curious that if we are not wackos, why are we so far outside the mainstream? If the Singularity is the biggest thing since sliced bread then why can't I find a word about it on CNN.com? The almost total lack of understanding by highly intelligent societal and business leaders seems suspicious to me. Maybe I should send President Bush an e-mail, "Hey George, how's the wife and kids? By the way, THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING! Have you heard about the Singularity?" Unfortunately, the last time I talked to him (May of 2001) I hadn't heard about it yet myself.
Here is a picture of George talking to my son:
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