Re: Present dangers to transhumanism

Spike Jones (
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 21:07:18 -0700

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Of course Singularitarianism isn't in any present danger of going
> mainstream...

Why do you say that Eliezer? From talking to people at work, the notion of a singularity is much more widely accepted than cryonics. Seems to me it should be the other way around, but I find that many engineers say cryonics, no way, never, whereas the same guys, when introduced to the singularity notion will ponder for a few minutes and conclude that not only is it inevitable, but not so very far off, probably within our natural lives.

I think this is because many of today's engineers careers span the development of personal computers. Moore's law is an awesome thing to extrapolate. Singularitarianism is more mainstream than we realize. Now, of course, *you* might be the only one around that is *actively* working to make it happen... {8-] spike