Re: What's going on this decade?

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Fri Aug 11 2006 - 10:30:27 MDT

On 8/9/06, Ben Goertzel <> wrote:
> It is my guess that when a Singularity is launched, US-based
> researchers and engineers are likely to have a lot to do with it.

Depends on how far away it is. The US is busy shutting down stem-cell
research, cloning, genetic engineering, and Drexlerian nanotech, and
recently I heard talk about restricting access to biotech equipment.
It may be only a matter of time before they target AI as well.
Singapore and China's governments are deliberately luring away
researchers in all of these areas, as well as AI. Maybe Japan, too,
tho I haven't heard much about them lately.

I think people don't pay enough attention to Singapore. Would you all
say that the world leaders of technology, in terms of GDP committed to
research, are probably Singapore and Finland? (I don't know the
numbers, so don't take my impression as authoritative.)

- Phil

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