Re: The Spike, nanotech, and a future scenario

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 06 Oct 1997 18:29:04 -0400

Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Yes, many things will get a lot cheaper. Moore's law is an exponential,
> and has survived all attempts at constraint due to physical laws
> by hoppong from one technology to another. Yes, the underlying
> concept of economic value will change radically for a large percentage
> of current GNP. Yes, this is all revolutionary.
> Yes, our political world is changing in some ways due to bette
> information flow, and may change some more.
> There will be dramatic pre-singularity econimic changes, and
> possibly technology-driven political changes.
> My point is that we should be discussing these changes, not
> political and economic philosophy based on the current situation.

I agree with you completely, however there are newcomers to this list,
notably from countries less advanced along the siungularity curve as
ours, that still don't understand or agree as to what point we are
starting from. WHile one would think that the death of the Soviet Union,
the end of Socialism in China and most other control economies, as well
as the end of the welfare state in many western nations, would be enough
of an indicator to prove the point that "free enterprise is the superior
economic system", there still seem to be plenty of people on this list
who refuse to learn from history, and refuse to acknowledge the truth of
today's global economy.

Before we can discuss where we are going, any discussion group needs to
agree on where we are now.

			Michael Lorrey
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