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Comment author: Tim_Tyler 01 December 2008 11:20:12PM 1 point [-]

yes, we use programming languages to write better programming languages - but there are some people out there who still swear by Emacs [...]

It's not just computer languages. Computers help build better computers, editors help build better editors - and so on.

Plus there are synergetic loops: computers help build better editors, and editors help build better computers.

Look as the whole system and you see that the whole man-machine symbiosis builds the next generation of man-machine symbiosis.

The result is the cumulative snowballing of technological progress: technology making better technology. That has actually been going on for billions of years, if you include "natural technologies" - such as photosyntesis, cellulose, sexual reproduction - and so on.

The result is what I refer to as the ongoing "technology explosion". From such a perspective, superintelligent machines are the latest move in an ancient dance.