Re: LIST: Singularitarians

Lyle Burkhead (
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 20:06:11 -0700

I wrote,

> Is the Singularity inevitable? In other words,
> is it going to happen anyway regardless of
> what any particular person does or does not do?
> Or is it contingent, i.e. something that may or may not happen?

Jason Spencer asks,

> But I'm wondering why you asked the question, Lyle?
> Are you suspecting that we have become so
> numbed by our own memes that we see the Singularity
> as completely inevitable?

No, what's bothering me here is the problem of motivation. If it's going to happen anyway, why should I spend my time and money trying to make it happen? It would make more sense for me to work on things that are contingent, i.e. things that may or may not happen depending on what I do or don't do.