STOCKS: An unnerving thought

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 21:13:05 MDT

An unnerving thought recently occurred to me. We've all seen that
famous video of the bridge that collapsed. Remember how, in the
beginning, it started to undulate up and down, like a wave, and this
went on for a while? And remember how, just before it finally broke
down and fell into the river, it started to undulate from side to side,
like a strip of paper twisting?

And you know how this stock market has always been volatile, but now the
Dow and the Nasdaq are being volatile in opposite directions?

Oh, never mind. I've been predicting economic Doomsday more or less
continuously since 1994, so even if I'm right, I don't get any credit
for it. But it's still an unnerving thought.

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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