[extropy-chat] Singularity Blues

Edmund Schaefer edmund.schaefer at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 15:44:37 UTC 2005

> The thing you are forgetting is it isn't going to be an immediate
> event. We will be easing our way over the edge for many years before it
> happens (it is already starting) so by the time it gets really hairy
> from our current point of view, we will be quite inured to radical
> change.

Once superhuman intelligences exist, the power differential will be
too vast for the future-shock endurance, flexibility, or any other
psychological aspects of the human population to have bearing. Whether
we can "ride the wave" of advanced technology is only important if
we're imagining that lots of people are going to gain access to it at
once, which we can't safely assume. All the power goes to the
superintelligences that invent the stuff, and that's what we should
prepare for.

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