[ExI] Kurzweil honored for inventing the Singularity

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Fri Dec 26 19:51:06 UTC 2008

Why bite your lip?  Why not address it directly and bring it to the
attention of Ray and the journalist? 

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At 01:16 AM 12/26/2008 -0500, MD wrote:

>"...inventing the Singularity"?
>helluva claim.

Hey, if Al Gore can invented the--

But it should be noted that Ray doesn't exactly make this claim; it's the
Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking, making the award, that
implies it with the phrase "his theory that the world will soon undergo a
world-changing Singularity".

I suppose if one belatedly uses and develops a variant of a brilliant new
theory it becomes one's theory, but I think it would be a bit odious to
applaud someone writing a book about spacetime for "his theory of
Relativity," unless he were named Einstein.

Dr. Vernor Vinge doesn't seem to get upset by his being constant sidelined
or sidebarred, but it makes me bite my lip to see this happening so often.

Damien Broderick

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