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Post singularity society

Hi, thought you might be interested in a web site that came up in a
conversation I'm having in another group.


>Date: Fri, 14 Jun 1996 09:54:47 -0500
>From:kgstar@most.fw.hac.com (Kelly Starks x7066 MS 10-39)
>Subject:Post singularity society
>At 12:56 AM 6/14/96, KellySt@aol.com wrote:
>>Forwarded message:
>>From:	mwiik@netcom.com (Michael Wiik)
>>To:	JohnFrance@aol.com
>>CC:	jensen-sf@netcom.com
>>Date: 96-06-12 15:32:32 EDT
>>> Maybe Michael Jackson has achieved a one-person singularity, which to us
>>> lesser mortals is not perceivable.
>Well he is looking kind of post human,--- or something.
>>> As you can tell I never got the book definition of singularity.  Where can
>>> find it described?  And how many people have to simultaneously attain this
>>> state for it to count?
>>> Regards,
>>> John
>>Vinge's original essay is on the web. Try:
>>	-Mike
>A very interesting and thought provolking essay.  In some ways
>conservative.  I kept remembering how current top end supercomputers have
>more capacity and power then the human brain, and designs for ones with a
>thousand times the capacity and power are being researched.  He was still
>talking about how many orders of magnitude we are from human equivelent
>Makes you wounder what a creature with vastly more abilities then human
>would be like, or what a society with them in it would be like.  Certainly
>our arguments about haves vs have nots become a lot stranger.  At what
>point do the haves view unenhanced, or even uneducated humans as
>defective, like we consider the retarded?  Would we simply order the ill
>educated, low natural inteligence, poor and self destructive to accept
>upgrades?  Would ultra computers and ultra humans know enough about
>insanity, abuse adaptation, etc.. that they could fource broken minds back
>to well adjustment?  If the minds were to far gone or biologically
>disabled; wWould they be institutionalized or at least put under constant
>What about the third world?  They think we're pretty freaky now.  What if
>we start to radicaly change.  Would they deside we were no longer human?
>Just a few thoughts.


Kelly Starks                       Internet: kgstar@most.fw.hac.com
Sr. Systems Engineer
Magnavox Electronic Systems Company
(Magnavox URL: http://www.fw.hac.com/external.html)