[ExI] Singularity - Non-Gender Specific

natasha at natasha.cc natasha at natasha.cc
Wed Sep 30 00:19:29 UTC 2009

Quoting Anders Sandberg <asa at nada.kth.se>:

>> Nevertheless, I realize that the driving force behind the Singularity
>> is male-directed.  I am not saying this is good or bad.  I am saying
>> that it MIGHT be wise to rethink it.
> I wonder *which* singularity idea this refers to. Is it the concept of
> accelerating progress, the concept that superintelligence may be around
> the corner to speed things up a lot, the concept that we may be
> approaching a horizon of predictability, the concept of a big historical
> rupture or that we may be at/approaching a historically singular
> point/period (e.g. Robin Hanson's "dreamtime",
> http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/09/this-is-the-dream-time.html )? Are
> all these concepts male-directed?

It is not necessarily the content (all these ideas have been around  
for a long time induced exploration and curiosity), but the  
contextualizing the ideas that I am referring to. (How and by whom are  
these ideas being contextualized.)

> Personally I think we should care less about the capital S Singularity and
> look more at what we can do to shape the future and consider where we
> should want to be going. Understanding potential events like the
> singularity might be helpful, but it is not the end all of future
> foresight. (We'll see if I change my mind at the Singularity Summit :-)

Yes. I think this would be a meaningful project to produce with a  
*multidisciplinary mix* of experts in their respective fields.


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> Anders Sandberg,
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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