Adult avatars and chatbots
Imagine you were writing an article on the different kind of climatologists studying global warming. Maybe there’s a little room for disagreement on the best way to balance long-term versus short-term goals – should we build seawalls to protect our cities today, or start a program of power plan retrofitting which will pay off in twenty years?
I already posited that the author doesn’t understand “Singularity”, but this is something beyond that. There will be no difference for the average person between a (positive or negative) post-singularity world and the world now? I would promise you immortality, but who knows if we’ll even have individual consciousnesses at that point?
All singularitarians were “sex-starved teenagers” and they all “wax eloquent about meritocracy over expensive wine” in a “super-rich bubble”.
The lovingly detailed descriptions everyone’s social class, racial breakdown, gender ratio, what politics the author imagines they have, and what sexual insecurities she thinks produced their opinions.
It’s an attempt to classify and analyze various types of futurism, in much the same way that a Jack Chick tract could be described as “an attempt to classify and analyze various types of religion”.
I have more disagreements with it than can fit in a blog post, but let’s stick with the top five.
First, it purports to explain what we should think about the future, but never makes a real argument for it.