Re: psi as a boundary breaking possibility

Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 07:33:48 MDT

In a message dated 7/13/00 5:59:36 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< OK, it may not be worth spending TOO much time and mental effort on, but
 be very interested to know what you mean when you say "minor adjustments in
 the Quest for Singularity." If you found out tomorrow that psi were true,
 how would that change what you're doing?
 Bonnie >>
In your question of Senior, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, it brought to mind a
statement by actor Dan Akroyd or Harold Ramis in the movie hit, Ghostbusters
(1984); in which either actor stated "Psychic Science! The new, defense
technology of the 1990's! Something like psionics of remote viewing would be
one of those developments the late physicist, Gerard O'Neil, would've termed
a "wildcard". A wildcard obviously would be a new technology, almost
completely, unsuspected to even have a chance of existing in the "foreseeable
future". Most futurists would concurr (I am guessing) that in 1890 even
Herman Hollerwrith (sp) would have underestimated the widepread use of
highspeed digital computers? Jet travel would be another underestimated
technology/activity when Henri Marie Coanda developed the mathematics of it
in pre-war France in 1911.

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