Re: [sl4] Singularity, "happiness", suffering, Mars

From: p3 (
Date: Sun Sep 25 2005 - 13:21:30 MDT

> Going to Mars is mostly an engineering problem,
> creating
> the seed AI needed for the Singularity is hard
> science,
> with many untested theories and unanswered
> questions.
> Because of this (and the fact that software
> development
> almost never finishes on schedule) I think it is
> quite
> possible that people will live on Mars before we
> have
> created the Singularity.

You misunderstand me. I am not saying that the
colonization of Mars is a more complex problem than
the takeoff of a Singularity; I am saying that it
would require so much more capital and collected
effort to achieve that I feel it is more likely for a
Singularity to occur first.

What we are asking ourselves (or at least, what I am
asking myself) is, "What should we support? What
should we do? In our current positions, what is the
fastest route to a Singularity?" To these questions, I
can't answer "colonize other planets."

He is short-sighted who looks only on the path he treads and the wall on which he leans. - Kahlil Jibran

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