Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Jan 02 2004 - 03:49:36 MST

On Thu, 1 Jan 2004 12:43:16 -0800
Robin Lee Powell <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 01, 2004 at 09:53:07AM +0100, Giu1i0 Pri5c0 wrote:
> > I am puzzled by your stating that politics irrelevant, and then
> > encouraging readers to support the SI. This is politics! Politics
> > in its wider sense will never be irrelevant. Relations with
> > friendly or unfriendly AI will be one of the political issues of
> > the future.
> Politics in the sense of, for example, the abuse of freedom
> currently going on in the US right now. I just can't get very
> worked up about it, because I don't feel it matters very much in the
> long run. Or even the not-very-long run.
> I imagine you would get very worked up about if you could no longer find or procure the information to work toward a Singularity and all/most of those working toward it were imprisoned or shut down. If the US devolves to a free country in name only then it is naive to assume you would somehow continue to have the freedom to make it all irrelevant.


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