Re[6]: continuity of self [ was META: Sept. 11 and Singularity]

From: Chris Rae (
Date: Tue Sep 17 2002 - 00:13:00 MDT


>Anyone who thinks humanity can be prepared for the singularity doesn't
>understand what singularity means.

I totally disagree with this statement Aaron. The singularity is NOT about
technology, it is about FREEDOM of the human race from suffering. Since my
last post, approximately 30,000 children under the age of 5 have died as a
result of malnutrition or preventable disease. In case you haven't noticed,
outside of the 'free' world, life is defined by hardship, misery and suffering.

Lets say -hypothetically of course - I hand you (Aaron) a true AI entity
that is able to improve its own processing capability. What exactly are you
going to do with it? Sure, it can provide you with everything you ever
dreamed of, but what about the other 6 billion people on this planet? What
is their fate? Are you going to allow these people to choose their own
destiny, or are you going to force your version of what's best on them?

For example, when a human rights group used FORCE to stop an ancient ritual
that involved the mutilation of female genitalia as a right of passage, it
was the women who fought back claiming it was their right and no one had
the authority to take that away, even though the human rights group was
acting in the best interest of the women.

My point is, if/when singularity occurs, it can't be forced on the general
population, they must willingly accept the technology. IMO, creating the
technology necessary to achieve singularity is only half the battle, the
other half is convincing the people it is going to improve their lives. The
true goal of the singularity is in fact to improve peoples lives, isn't it?


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