RE: making microsingularities

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu May 24 2001 - 13:07:34 MDT

Spike Jones wrote,
> This is something Ive pondered often since I read my great grandmother's
> diary. She wrote entries nearly every day, but what caught my eye was
> an entry she made in on 24 October 1929, since it did not mention the
> stock market crash. The collapse was in a sense a social
> microsingularity, in that everything changed on that day.

> We discuss the AI version of the Singularity, yet much of this world
> still has never even seen a computer, and at least at the time would
> fail to notice if an AI, friendly or otherwise, suddenly took over
> everything. spike

You are exactly right. This is why I think many of our predictions are way
too optimistic. Most of us practically live in the laboratory, where we see
advances every day. But these advances are really just demonstrations of
possibilities. They may or may not actually change the world as expected.
Much of the world still lives as they have for hundreds or thousands of

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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