[ExI] Time magazine cover story on the singularity

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sat Feb 19 21:32:17 UTC 2011

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:46:05PM -0800, spike wrote:

> >The last stock market Singularity .bombed quite nicely, as you'll recall.
> How well I recall.  I am just getting back to where I was back in those
> heady days.

Alas, the next Big One is round the corner. Or, rather, we're still in it.
There's no timing the market, but if you're still in it at the time I hope
you can afford writing it all off as gambling losses.
> We thought it was the technocalypse.  I did anyway.  Then the stock market
> crashed.  It wasn't until 9/11/01 that many of us realized we still have yet
> another world war to fight, and this one may be worse than the three we had
> in the 20th century.

"We've always been at war with Eastasia"? 
> The challenge for this particular culture is to break open this particular
> Petri dish while they're still able. 
> We are able.  The question is will we break out while we are still willing.

We're definitely able. Still. However, the launch window is slowly (or quickly)
closing. The people look less and less up to the skies, unfortunately. 
I genuinely hope the private sector and new players in the developing world
will take up the slack. 

Because, if we don't make it sometime soon, we're not going to make it at
all. Not that we care, but our children will, definitely.

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