RE: singularity arrival estimate... idiocy... and human plankton

From: Smigrodzki, Rafal (
Date: Fri May 17 2002 - 13:50:54 MDT

                ben goertzel []

For a while there are going to be minds that want to remain
                human instead of transcending (Val Turchin called these
"human plankton",
                back in the late 60's when he started writing about this
stuff... a comment
                on the relative advancement of humans and future uploaded
                 But will there still be human plankton a few thousand years
down the line?
                  I'm not so certain

                ### Interesting you should use this metaphor. If you look
around, the combined mass of plankton, and lower beings like bacteria, and
other microorganisms, is many orders of magnitude larger than the mass of
all humans. Should the analogy be valid, the superintelligences might be
just as massively outmassed and outnumbered by the human-level plankton, as
we are outnumbered by the E.coli in your or my gut. Indeed, maybe they
already are :-)



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