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Topic: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

From: Lightmagi
Location: Australia
Date: 04/10/2011

Greg, are you a Singularitarian?, and how many of your readers are Singularitarians and/or Transhumanists?

Ray Kurzweil author of the book "The Singularity is Near" believes the Technological Singularity will hit by 2045. I was interested in his movie "Transcendent Man" which I watched recently, Ray believes he and people will become immortal in this time via implants, biotechnology and nanotech.

I noticed a lot of your books touch on this Singularity style of era with nanotech, AI's, "Transhumanists" like Mary Choy and the like, you've been writing about high tech visions for so long I bet you and your readers compose a great many Singularitarians and Transhumanists in the ranks of the hard sci-fi readers.

A lot of your books seem to describe the Technological Singularity era and many of your readers have technical backgrounds that are part of this evolving T.S. era.

How many of you and your readers are? Or what do you and the readers believe?

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/10/2011

Mr. Kurzweil has great fun with these ideas. Personally, I know for a fact that the singularity happened ten years ago. How do I know? Because my Netflix queue includes movies released in 2045, including a tell-all bio-pic about Ray K. Somebody needs to edit the matrix!

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk
Date: 05/22/2011

I liked how Moving Mars forced a reassessment of the idea of a human 'hive consciousness' from a terrifying, tabloid vision of insectile eusociality to a sort of superorganism thats smarter and more powerful than any of us of and of which we are all an important part. Or something. Charlie Stross makes a good point when he says cities, and sleepy villages, look pretty much the same as ever, but arnt, theyve got new nerves made of fibreoptic cable running through them.
I also liked his idea that technological civiilizations tend to go thruough singularities, convert their homes into computronium dyson spheres, think deep thoughts, stay home and eventually get killed off or bankrupted by their own hyperintelligent financial instruments. Hence no aliens.. good joke that.

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

From: Steven Langley Guy
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Date: 06/26/2011

I am a little more pessimistic than Mr. Kurzweil. I can't help but think that a transhumanist singularity in the West will be viewed very poorly by the majority of the world living in third world conditions. Perhaps it there would be a war between the "techno-raptured" and the rest of humanity?

Also, I do not find the idea of immortality appealing in the slightest. Maybe 2 or 3 lifetimes then retirement to some sort of city memory, as suggested in Eon, would be a far better option?

How much life does a human being need? I would wager that most people spend a lot of time in their lives doing very mundane things. I know I do!

Re: How many Transhumanist Singularitarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/07/2011

In agreement, Steven. Greed comes in many forms!

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