[ExI] Column- "Why the Singularity isn't going to happen"

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 21:45:13 UTC 2010

This 2008 blog by Michael Annisimov deplores Annie Newitz for her
"Extropian trash" column from that year...  I suppose she has somewhat
toned herself down...  I wonder why? lol



On 10/15/10, Darren Greer <darren.greer3 at gmail.com> wrote:
> John wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 4:35 PM, John Grigg
> <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Annalee Newitz, if I remember correctly, has already written some very
>> nasty things about transhumanists...
>> http://io9.com/5661534/why-the-singularity-isnt-going-to-happen?skyline=true&s=i
> I'm uncertain what she means by a 'singularity-level technology.' I tried to
> figure it out within the context of the article and simply couldn't.  Does
> she mean that penicillin is actually a self-modifying intelligence of a
> magnitude of higher order than human beings that happened to arise when
> Jonas Salk left some bad cheese near the spot where he spilled a glass of
> milk?
> I'm not entirely certain either what the term singularity implies and often
> get confused by various definitions if it. So I'm usually pretty open to
> discussion about about it because I want to understand and form my own
> opinions. But this article seemed more verbiage than comprehensible
> argument.
> Darren
> --
> "I don't regret the kingdoms. What sense in borders and nations and
> patriotism? But I miss the kings."
> -*Harold and Maude*

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