The Singularity and Nanotechnology

Lyle Burkhead (
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 01:03:24 -0500 (EST)

Rich Artym:
>Well, I've tried twice now, but you still evade the point completely.
>It's not just the products that will become easy and cheap to produce,
>but the blinking MEANS OF PRODUCTION too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robin Hanson replies:
> I'll say this one last time. These are just baldface claims, which
> you have not bothered to argue for.

Rich again:
> Well, there we have it: you don't want to address the fact that
> placing the means of production into the hands of everyman
> and making the cost of the means of production tend towards zero
> both completely undermine the existing economic structures
> by removing the trade that drives them.

This remark simply demonstrates that Extropian posts can be written
by entities with less-than-human intelligence. I think there must be
some kind of automated factory which generates these posts. As John
Clark said,

> Human judgment is not involved whenever one post needs to be
> written to reply to another, very dumb automatic process do it for us.

Robin is not the one who is evading the issue. Rich, you have not
demonstrated that the means of production will be easy and cheap to
produce. You have not calibrated the idea of "placing the means of
production into the hands of everyman."

If you could demonstrate that Extopian Nanotech will exist, then yes,
obviously this would change the economic system. But you don't even
try to demonstrate your thesis, you just keep asserting it in
capital letters. You could post it in 36 point type, it would still be
just an unsupported assertion.