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Comment author: Kutta 26 November 2011 02:24:20PM *  3 points [-]

Re: Preface and Contents

I am somewhat irked by "the human era will be over" phrase. It is not given that current-type humans cease to exist after any Singularity. Also, a positive Singularity could be characterised as the beginning of the humane era, in which case it is somewhat inappropriate to refer to the era afterwards as non-human. In contrast to that, negative Singularities typically result in universes devoid of human-related things.

Comment author: Logos01 29 November 2011 08:43:16AM 2 points [-]

I am somewhat irked by "the human era will be over" phrase. It is not given that current-type humans cease to exist after any Singularity.

Iron still exists, and is actively used, but we no longer live in the Iron Age.

Comment author: Kutta 29 November 2011 08:59:08AM 0 points [-]

My central point is contained in the sentence after that. A positive Singularity seems extremely human to me when contrasted to paperclip Singularities.

Comment author: Logos01 29 November 2011 11:08:04AM -1 points [-]

I am not particularly in the habit of describing human beings as "humane". That is a trait of those things which we aspire to but only too-rarely achieve.