[ExI] John Horgan and George Johnson on singularity
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Sat Jun 14 16:46:28 UTC 2008
Two notable science writers tell each other why it's all "just
(Why is this regarded as a *criticism,* I often wonder? It's like
saying, "Oh, television, microwaved meals, rockets to the Moon,
atomic energy and weapons, life on other worlds--that's all just
Mr. Johnson explains wearily that it must all be bunk because he
wrote about just such ideas 25 years ago. And hey, look--it still
hasn't happened! And if it did life would be *sooo boooorrrrring.*
This in the same week that a petaflop computer is announced.
But at least this was part of a discussion of the book I edited, YEAR
MILLION, and Mr. Horgan's review of it in the Wall Street Journal
yesterday. Maybe some viewers and readers will be tempted to see what
the book actually says...
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