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  •  Lots of old assumptions in that, (1+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan

    I feel teleported back to the 1960s/80s or so.

    For practical purposes, this planet is all we really got and need.  In a century our current attempts to manage it will look as inept and misguided and crude/helpless as the way white Americans managed North America in the 19th century.

    No, at some point we won't need endlessly larger and more physical materials or energy.   An awful lot of our use of such things is to escape each other or to appease and fob off people and problems, and to compete with each other in things in which competition is inappropriate and just due to oversized population and ego needs.  In our age, much inefficiency is motivated by a fear of becoming poor or losing power.  In short, our material needs are significantly inflated in the present due to overpopulation, poverty costs, immature technology, waste, stupidity, and transient desires and uncertainties of the times residual to worse earlier times.  We don't need to assume these things to be perpetual.

    In fact, what's missing is consideration of what three to five generations of using gene correction technology will mean: a world population with miniscule amounts of mentally ill or low IQ people and very little chronic illness.  And a culture in which many fears and considerations and negative assumptions and nasty desires that are everyday for us have lost their basis.  A stable good order will form and people will find very large proportions of each other likeable and competent.  Things should be rather a lot better and better managed than they are today.

    I keep wondering about this Singularity thing.  I have the suspicion that the human brain is surprisingly well optimized as it is and it's not obvious that a significantly superior general machine is in fact possible.  

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