Future shock and cellphones

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (sentience@pobox.com)
Date: Wed Jul 31 2002 - 11:28:22 MDT


While not directly Singularity material, I found this article
sufficiently reminiscent of "Vinge in real life" to deserve an SL4 post.

I've never swarmed myself, but I did recently give up on the
now-obsolete "land line" concept and go with just a cellphone. Which
means that I can now always contact anyone else who has a cellphone, all
day, every day. It's a good feeling, though I'm sure it will become
*much* more addictive once cellphones accept voice input for Google queries.

I expect that the next development in global community will be when the
earpieces and mouthpieces are small and comfortable enough that you can
leave them on *all* the time, the cellphones are always on, and there
are continuous ongoing conversations. And the next development in local
community will be when everyone's cellphone has a list of keywords, and
gives a little beep whenever you walk within 30 feet of someone with the
"transhumanist" or "science fiction" keyword.

In both cases there's probably a nice startup here for anyone who wants
to develop the software in advance and have it fine-tuned, debugged,
featureful, and ready to roll out the door and grab the entire market
the instant that cellphone technology makes it possible. Assuming no
one is doing it already.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://intelligence.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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