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Vladimir_Nesov comments on Max Tegmark on our place in history: "We're Not Insignificant After All" - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 07 January 2010 04:25:46PM *  -1 points [-]

After all, if this Singularity business has anything to it, I will probably be getting rid of both of my legs anyway, to replace with cybernetic legs.

Singularity has nothing to do with "cybernetic legs". See also: Re: Multiple Future Bens on SL4

"So if you're thinking that what you want involves chrome and steel, lasers and shiny buttons to press, neural interfaces, nanotechnology, or whatever great groaning steam engine has a place in your heart, you need to stop writing a science fiction novel with yourself as the main character, and ask yourself who you want to be."

Comment author: Cyan 07 January 2010 04:27:07PM 1 point [-]

Singularity has nothing to do with "cybernetic legs".

Aw, nuts.

Comment author: MatthewB 07 January 2010 04:38:15PM *  0 points [-]

From what I read, the Singularity has to do with all manner of technologies, including AI, Robotics, and Nanotechnology, (edit: And Genetics) which focuses upon explosive growth of intelligence.

There are all manner of scenarios in which this may come about, and in most of them, the peripheral benefits will likely include technologies which will make cybernetic prostheses a pretty trivial thing.

However, all of that aside (and random thoughts by Eliezer from 2002), I am pretty confident that within the next 20 years, technologies such as Dr. Ted Berger's Neural Prosthesis, and the various current batch of cybernetic limbs (Google some, they are plentiful given the wars we are fighting) will give me some form of leg that will allow me to function either as I do now, or better.

This technology may or may not be central to the Singularity (depending upon whose version of it you wish to quote), yet it is technology that will be a consequence of the trip there.