RE: singularity arrival estimate...

From: ben goertzel (
Date: Fri May 17 2002 - 10:29:00 MDT

yeah right -- just like "The Matrix" sold the idea that our whole world may
just be a simulation?

It put the idea out there in the mass mind, to a very limited extent, but
it didn't come near to making people take the idea seriously and integrate
it with their world-views, their approaches to daily life, etc.

Putting an idea in the mass media is nowhere near sufficient to penetrate
the mass mind of humanity in any deep way

"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" -- Isaac Asimov

ben g

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike & Donna Deering []
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: singularity arrival estimate...

Ben Goertzel:
"As to why the Singularity is not better appreciated in mass society,
a whole other issue that I don't have time to chat about right now."

I have time.
As to why the Singularity is no better appreciated in mass society: the
vast majority of the public gets it's information from TV and MOVIES.
 Until there is a prime time TV series or a blockbuster motion picture on
the Singularity all this meme stuff on the internet is hopeless, as far as
reaching the general populous. Our only hope is to reach some big media
director with the idea. For that to happen it has to salable, interesting,
dramatic. Eliezer, with all due respect to your CS discussions, what's
going to sell the Singularity are stories.


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