Re: [sl4] Our arbitrary preferences (was: A model of RSI)

From: Eric Burton (
Date: Fri Sep 26 2008 - 12:00:19 MDT

> You've completely lost me; why couldn't we observe a superintelligence?

There could be post-singularity nannies in orbiting femtodatacentres
exerting climate control and influence on nearth-Earth objects to our
benefit. People who don't want to fuse with a benevolent
superintelligence may find themselves its ignorant wards. Happily
ignorant, in the case of luddites who find the thing an abomination.
Why would its galaxy-sized, light-speed ruminations appear in any form
to people that eschew interaction with the technology where they

I can see a transition to singularity which begins with great reams of
future technology and alien blueprints unrolling from a thousand
supercomputer centers where AI researchers are working explicitally to
benefit humanity, but after an initial influx of technologies that
take off all survival pressure for the organics, results in a rapidly
deepening alienation between the organic and electronic substrates.
Human enclaves that were content with food/water replicators and
self-assembling structures might not go back to the source, the
post-singularity mind, often or at all.

Communicating with it could become an eccentric pursuit, and rapidly
an impossible one. After a few generations like this, would anyone
notice if the superintelligence left Earth for good, before their
gifts started breaking down? Maybe this has happened many times

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