RE: What shock level is Kurzweil's recent book?

From: Christopher Healey (
Date: Tue Apr 18 2006 - 14:39:21 MDT

Kurzweil certainly touches on plenty of SL4 concepts, but more than
anything, TSIN serves as a bridge across the shock levels. He presents
a plausible framework of ideas that leads the reader forward, not only
into seeing the possibility that "you *can* get there from here", but
that it is the default scenario.


So I'd suggest that to simply analyze the SL-content rating of the
constituent sections would under represent the book's significance. It
is a comparatively gentle on-ramp to SL4-level concepts for the masses.


I'm going to back up Eric on voting a firm SL4.


But note: It's the "new" SL4! Same taste you've grown to love, but now
with only half the future shock!





From: [] On Behalf Of Eric
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: What shock level is Kurzweil's recent book?


He talks about intelligence becoming the most powerful force in the
Universe and manipulating the Universe's laws to suit its needs. I
think that qualifies as SL4

On 4/18/06, Brian Gyss <> wrote:


I'd probably say somewhere around SL3, because he really doesn't hit
on any of the Jupiter Brain stuff.


On 4/18/06, Philip Goetz <> wrote:
> What shock levels would you say Kurzweil spends most of his time on in
> his recent book _The Singularity is Near_? (I would comment, but my
> notes are on my laptop, and without them I don't remember what was in
> the book.)

Brian Gyss
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