HUMOR: The Seven Signs of the Singularity

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 21:56:50 MDT

This came out of a schmooze session at the Foresight Conference.
Contributors included Greg Burch and Robert J. Bradbury.

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.
3. The ads on TV are weirder than your hallucinations.
4. You have to buy a new computer each week... and it arrives with the
5. The Luddites are building their own Dyson sphere.
6. Your AI sex doll asks you to use a condom. (*)
7. Your toaster has its own Internet startup.

(*) 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

--    Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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