Re: post-singularity teenage sayings

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 14:18:28 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> "S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 15 Feb 2001, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> >
> > > The first of the Seven Signs of the Singularity is when you refinance your
> > > house and it's a thirty-second mortgage.
> >
> > Pray tell, Eliezer, what are the other Six?
> The Seven Signs of the Singularity:
> 1. You refinance your house and it's a thirty-second mortgage.
> 2. The Nasdaq moves to scientific notation.

And log scale record keeping.

> 3. The ads on TV are weirder than your hallucinations.

You rent processing time in your dream space to creative agencies.

> 4. You have to buy a new computer each week... and it arrives with the
> groceries.

I was going to say that your new wearable computer gets printed up every
day from automatic downloads from your 'putersuit email list. I suppose
expections from 2000 are already out of date... ;)

> 5. The Luddites are building their own Dyson sphere.

Yes, those Criswell structures are just to advanced/energy
intensive/unnatural/eliminate too many jobs..

> 6. Your AI sex doll asks you to use a condom. (*)

You mean it doesn't function as a blood test/autodoc?

> 7. Your toaster has its own Internet startup.

And its own webcam site.

> This came out of a schmooze session at the 2000 Spring Foresight
> Gathering. Contributors included Greg Burch and Robert J. Bradbury.
> (*) This one is Robert J. Bradbury's fault. There were also some
> comments about "firewalls", "denial of service", and "the ping of
> death", *none* of which were made by me. I just want that clear on the
> record.

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