Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Tue Jan 06 2004 - 15:35:32 MST

On Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 04:12 AM, Samantha Atkins wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Jan 2004 01:44:06 -0500
> Randall Randall <> wrote:
>> On Sunday, January 4, 2004, at 08:10 PM, Tommy McCabe wrote:
>>> What was the original discussion topic anyway, and
>>> what did it have to do with economics?
>> Economics is just the study of how people act. Discussing
>> the possible actions of SIs is economic discussion.
> This is a bogus overbroad definition of economics. By fiat you
> declare all action of intelligent beings to be "economics". Thus
> discussion the action of SIs (or any other intelligent entities) is an
> economic discussion. Totally circular - totally unenlightening.

Well, it's just a declaration of scope, not intended to
enlighten, particularly, just set a stage for discussion.

>> I believe this tangent was started by my objection to the
>> assertion that those who don't believe that strong super-
>> intelligence is possible will never discuss technological
>> singularities.
> Ah, now it is obvious! :-)

Yes, yes, it's all my fault. :)

Randall Randall

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