Re: more on Brand and the Singularity idea

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 00:06:12 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:
> `Futurismists are not bad people, and certainly not fraudulent. If anything
> they are captive of their goodness... Some hive off into sectlike groups,
> such as the Extropians--a 01990s [sic; Brand's little quirk] California
> enclave of bright and enthusiastic Singularity advocates who could hardly
> wait for the techno-Rapture. They have a classic case of what Paul Saffo
> calls *macro-myopia*: "we overexpect dramatic developments early, and
> underexpect them in the longer term".'

I'm so terribly tempted to reply:
"A cult? We are not a cult. We have powers you can scarcely begin to

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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