[extropy-chat] Alice's Dilemma

Joao Magalhaes jpnitya at sapo.pt
Sun Feb 22 22:54:11 UTC 2004


As BillK said, this paper is not aimed at extropians but rather is an 
introductionary view of the Singularity. As for the flaws mentioned by 
Jacques, I disagree. A dilemma is: "a state of uncertainty or perplexity 
especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options". The 
Singularity is uncertain and perplexing. From a non-extropian perspective, 
these are frightening ideas and so even though one possibility is clearly 
favourable, it does not mean that will be the chosen one by the human 
species. As for the Unabomber, he defends a change in society to eliminate 
technology, which I see as another form of relinquishment. His methods and 
ultimate goal may be more radical than Bill Joy's but they share the same 
philosophy of abandoning technology.

All the best,


Joao Magalhaes (joao.magalhaes at fundp.ac.be)

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