Re: The Singularity Shop

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Thu, 02 Dec 1999 16:50:54 -0600

Joseph Sterlynne wrote:
> > Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> >As long as everyone's posting Monty Pythons, I figured, what the heck.
> Well, it only makes sense that we do. Not only do we love Monty Python
> but---you must realize---they truly understood the singularity. I think
> that the systems should be programmed so that the instant before it
> happens we hear the calm and assured voice of John Cleese:
> And now for something completely different.

I like this idea. Do you mind if I quote you on that, and maybe even go ahead and actually do it?

Oh, I suppose in a dry and serious way it's quite unlikely that the course and morality of uploading will be so predetermined as to create an instantaneous technorapture transcendence, while still giving us humans enough latitute to preprogram the announcement we'll hear beforehand. But in this unlikely event, I vote for: "And now for something completely different" as the phrase we'll hear in the instant before the Introdus nanomachines arrive. It could be an Easter egg in the goal suggestions.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Running on BeOS           Typing in Dvorak          Programming with Patterns
Voting for Libertarians   Heading for Singularity   There Is A Better Way