Re: [sl4] Unlikely singularity?

From: Eric Burton (
Date: Sat Aug 09 2008 - 19:38:56 MDT

I'm a scientist, and disagree

On 8/9/08, B Ziomek <> wrote:
> I'm somewhat in the same boat as you. I'm on this list because I find the
> idea of a singularity fascinating, and I don't really have any other way to
> discuss transhumanist ideas as a whole.
> The singularity is very much something I *want* to think will happen, simply
> due to the way things are going with plain-old humanity at the moment, but
> for the same reasons I think it's not very likely. But then again this is my
> attitude towards the explosive, AI-generated idea of a singularity put
> forward by, for example, the SIAI.
> If you broaden your definition of what constitutes a singularity I would say
> it becomes more likely, but the SIAI seems to represent the mainstream view
> when the term " singularity" is used without modifiers.
> I would also agree with you that this mailing list does lack people on the
> cutting edge, but even so I still enjoy the ideas that are toyed around with
> here.

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