[ExI] reddit on Shortwhile

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 00:47:41 UTC 2011

On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM,  Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm just interested in knowing if it's because his work has been discredited
> and redditors don't bother mentioning this to me when they comment on what I
> say or if it's simply because redditors are more agreeable with Bill Joy's
> interpretation of technological progress.

That's a bit weird if not entirely unexpected.  Ray Kurzweil and Bill
Joy don't really differ very much, they both expect runaway
technology, neither one of them thinks it can be stopped.  Both were
partly inspired by Eric Drexler (among others).

But Ray thinks we can do neat, and even good stuff with stuff like AI
and nanotech while Bill thinks it will be the end of us (or that's
what he thought the last time I was up on his thinking).

They might both be right.


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