Re: Singularity-worship

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 18:30:51 +0100 (MET)

On Thu, 5 Dec 1996, Peter C. McCluskey wrote:

> Strange. I find that the singularity meme is one of the most
> powerfull motivators possible.
> The more sudden the transition to a world dominated by electronic
> intelligence is, the easier it is to imagine one person making an
> important difference between a future dominated by friendly beings
> and a future dominated by hostile ones.

Hmm, you might be motivated, but my guess is that 95% of all people would
become passivated by this. Personal responsibility is hard, and if you
suggest that *individuals* can change the entire future, they get very,
very scared. What if they mess things up? Or somebody else does? Most
probably they ask their politicians to make sure this never happens.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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