Re: Kurzweil's new Singularity/AI page

Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 14:43:19 MST

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> So then a covert lab could have done this and now awaits the awakening of
> intelligence in an underground vat somewhere. Hmmm... This has been

No. We (and the whole biosphere, of course) are arguably the product of
the ur-replicator. However, given how many gigayears it took to generate
something more or less worthwhile (YMMV), it is clearly a natural design.
An artificial seed would replay all this on a day/month scale, and then
move on to something really interesting.

> discussed ad nauseum on this list, but since we (obviously) don't have
> access to secret projects of US military agencies, further discussion

There are no secret projects. You can't hide something that big. Plus,
where's the motivation?

> amounts to conjecture.
> Kurzweil asks, "Will supersmart computers, nano bots and genetic mutations
> take over the world or can we stay in control?" Yeah, right... like we
> were ever "in control."

Words for the wise.

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