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Symbolic Immortality

I’ll be introducing Ray and his forthcoming book at SDForum. You can also catch him and other Singularitarians (Vernor Vinge, John Smart) at ACC 2005 this weekend at Stanford. I’ll also be brainstorming about Open Genes, Memes and Dreams.


Ideas and suggested questions for Ray are welcome!


“First we build the tools, then they build us.”

– Marshall McLuhan


Related Blog musings on Nested Evolutionary Dynamics, Accelerating Change & Societal Shock, Genetic Free Speech, Evolving Friendly AI with commentary from Drexler, Rosedale and Yudkowsky, and Supra-Human Emergence.


Some quotes from the SIN galley print:


“it’s the evolution of patterns that constitutes the ultimate story of our world”


“Each epoch continues the evolution of information through a paradigm shift to a further level of ‘indirection.’ (That is, evolution uses the results of one epoch to create the next.)”


“future machines will be human, even if they are not biological. This will be the next step in evolution, the next high-level paradigm shift, the next level of indirection. Most of the intelligence of our civilization will ultimately be nonbiological. By the end of this century, it will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than human intelligence”


“fulfilling the wishes of a revered biological legacy will occupy only a trivial portion of the intellectual power that the Singularity will bring.”


“you will know the singularity is coming when you have a million emails in your in-box”

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Taken on September 10, 2005