Re: Hawking misquoted on computers taking over

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 10:56:23 MDT

> "There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence,
> and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain,
> so that computers can add to human intelligence, rather than be in
> opposition."
--S. Hawking

Adding to "human" intelligence will further enable the kind of intelligence
which resulted in the religious fanatic attack on the WTC and the Pentagon on
September 11, 2001. Extropy needs a new kind of intelligence, a pure
intelligence with transhuman rather than human values. The intelligence that
computers develop opposes human intelligence for good reason, viz., human
intelligence is infected with memes of religiosity. Intelligent life will
either take the quantum leap to a higher form of intelligence, moving from
biology to vitology, or intelligent life (on this planet) will end.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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