Re: Singularity awareness

From: Joel Pitt (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2006 - 18:51:13 MDT

On 6/2/06, Joshua Fox <> wrote:
> Anyone want to venture a guess on the public awareness of the
> Singularity in, say, 2010 or 2015?
> I'm wondering if the Singularity will
> (1) remain the province of a few hundred or a few thousand
> super-technologically-aware types (like, e.g., hints of possibilities
> for faster-than-light spaceflight today);
> (2) or spread into the awareness of hundreds of thousands or millions of
> educated people (like, e.g. private space travel or nanotech today);
> (3) or become a major social issue followed by tens or hundreds of
> millions (like, e.g., genetically engineered food or nuclear power today).

There was an interview with Hugo de Garis on Coast to Coast radio that
I managed to get an mp3 copy of.

During it they mentioned there was something like 5 million listeners.
They even conducted a poll - 56% were "Terrans" (opposed to building
god-like intelligence) and 44% were "Cosmists" (for building god-like
intelligence). This really surprised me that the "for" side were such
a large percentage.

I think millions of people already are aware of the singularity,
probably only a quarter of those really grok the idea, and maybe only
100k actually believe it'll happen in the foreseeable future.

When 2015 roles around I think that tens of millions if not more will
be quite aware of the concept (assuming we don't run in to major
collapse due to a lack of oil). The reason it seems there are many
less is probably due to dismissal of it being just an idea.


"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best."
                -- Aeschylus

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