Re: The Myth of the Monstrous Machine

From: Randy Smith (
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 16:44:24 MDT

>From: "J. R. Molloy" <>
>Barring a catastrophic event, in ten or fifteen years we won't have time to
>get into anything _but_ accelerating AI.

This is rich! Dude, I sure hope you're right, but I seriously doubt you will
be. I have threatened to go back into the archives and dig up some of this
group's wildly optimistic predictions, and fling them back in your
collective faces, so to speak, but just haven't had the time.

I was here when the extropians list was more or less new (1996, maybe?), and
there were a lot of those optimistic predictions flying about, but frankly,
not too many things have changed since then, except the USA is more crowded,
housing is more expensive, etc....I hate to say it, but at this point, a
Bladerunner dystopia looks somewhat possible; certainly it is more possible
than it was in 1996 (I refer you to the mex immigration thread...).

I plan on being subscribed to this list in 15 years, so I am willing to bet
that you and your extravagant claims are wrong. So...would you like to
clarify your claims and name a bet?

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