Re: Has the Singularity already happened?

From: Tim Duyzer (
Date: Thu Mar 06 2003 - 22:47:56 MST

Then consider that the world of a medieval monk might be incomprehensible to
us. If I was dropped into Europe, 1200 AD, I'd probably have quite a tough
time dealing with society. I might have a better time of it if I studied my
history and learned Latin, but if I didn't have that history, it'd be
foreign to me.

Maybe the Singularity is the world at time T, incomprehensible to anybody
T-X and T+X except for short periods of time + and - T. Unless the
Singularity is a purely technological event, but I don't think it is. I
think I wouldn't have any trouble at all with AD1200 technology, but
everything else would be a barrier.

I'm not sure if I really have a point here.

Tim Duyzer

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas R Mazanec" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 12:21 AM
Subject: Has the Singularity already happened?

> Perhaps the Singularity means that a the world at
> time T is incomprehensible to any person of time
> T-X, but not incomprehensible to a person at a
> shorter time before T. For example, our world would
> be incomprehensible to a medieval monk, but not
> to a 1950 sci-fi fan. The world of 2100
> would not be understandable to you or me now,
> but people of 2050 might (with effort) wrap their
> heads around it. Maybe the world of that medieval monk
> would be incomprehensible to a Cro-Magnon.
> Sound reasonable?
> Tom Mazanec

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