Robin Hanson wrote:
> Where are the people who believe that big technology-induced
> change is coming, and think that is a terrible thing?
This does not correspond to my experience, in which such people outnumber the optimists. While three out of four people who contact me are enthusiastic, explaining nanotechnology/uploading/Singularity to an intelligent person (who is a relative or acquaintance but not a known Extropian), ten out of fifteen believe and eight of those ten are frightened. Technophilia for modern gadgets predicts belief but not optimism.
Of course, certain over-optimistic Utopian-enthusiastic warfare-ignoring positive-feedback-atheist personality-persisting fantasy-of-omnipotence formulations may tend to produce optimism among those credible enough to believe it.
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