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Old June 6 2012, 05:46 AM   #112
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: David Brin's latest novel, and a TED talk

If you don't concede that computers will magically write the code that makes them intelligent, the Singularity evangelists are screwed - they have no idea how to do it or how it would work.

This is an argument that will settle itself the same way the damned "Mayan calendar Armageddon" nonsense will in December or the way Christian fundamentalist predictions of the end of the world every couple of years do - the dates being touted for this Singularity are not far away, and when year after year passes without its coming (and the chief evangelists for it pass away or become less attended to in their declining years) the fad will pass as well.

Of course, it's easier to see that if one wasn't born yesterday.
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