Re: LIST: Singularitarians

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Thu, 08 Apr 1999 20:50:53 -0500

Lyle Burkhead wrote:
> Is the Singularity inevitable? In other words, is it going to happen
> anyway, regardless of what any particular person does or does not do? Or
> is it contingent, i.e. something that may or may not happen?

Absolutely contingent. Eat the planet with grey goo, and no Singularity. But I do think that if the planet isn't destroyed *completely*, every last human being dead, then the Singularity will eventually occur - and likewise, with no Singularity, someone will eventually blow up the planet. There are no realistic stable states except those two.

--          Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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