RE: Anti-singularity spam.

From: M T (
Date: Mon May 01 2006 - 08:20:39 MDT

--- Bob Seidensticker <> wrote:

> Thomas: you talk about the folly (or excessive
> expense) of moon bases, 3D
> TV, flying cars, and so on. I agree. And maybe
> you're able to see through
> the hype of whatever today's equivalent is (I dunno
> -- manned mission to
> Mars? hydrogen cars?).
> What concerns me is the majority of the population
> that greets these new
> predictions with, "Wow -- that *does* sound pretty
> cool. What an amazing
> time we live in!" Their mental bin labeled "Today's
> Technology" contains
> the PC, GPS, and Internet as well as nanotechnology,
> biotech, and most of
> our energy coming from renewable sources since the
> press talks about all of
> these. As a result, they see the progress today as
> being much greater than
> that in the past -- but only because "Today's
> Technology" has an unfair
> advantage.
> Bob


The majority of the population sees nanotechnology,
renewable energy, AGI even AI and biotech as sci-fi.
If only the general populace understood how close we
were and the potential of these technologies. If only
Bob. And you can define "close" as anything you like.
Even a couple of centuries is close, though I see it
as a couple of decades until the full bloom of the
aforementioned technologies. My point is that if "the
majority of the population" understood, they would
make it a top priority and strive to make these
technologies bloom as fast as possible. PC, internet,
cellular phones. That's about it for the average Joe.
The "things to come" haven't had an impact on every
day life yet and so are in the realm of fantasy (like
the PC, internet and cellular phones, when they were
in their first stages of development).


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