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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 December 2008 12:51AM

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Comment author: Sean_C. 19 December 2008 04:58:21PM 3 points [-]

One common answer to the question "What will we do in the future when we've fixed all that is wrong with today" is "How the hell should I know?"

For example, imagine our neolithic ancestors asking each other the same question. "What will they do in the future when they don't have to worry about food, shelter, or even disease?" I think they could have imagined some things; "They'll make more complicated art." "They'll have more complicated sports."

But I don't they they would have imagined full time mathematicians, or video games, or TV, or even books. "Many many people will sit around and talk to each other while someone else gives them food and shelter in return." Unthinkable! Absurd!

So I would say that the technology of the future, insofar as it's impossible for us to imagine in detail, also makes the lifestyle of the future impossible to imagine in detail. Hence, the Singularity. Oh, and if you listen to those folks, they'll say that we'll merge with the AI's, so all of that 'automatic' engineering and whatnot will actually be performed by some sort of version of 'us'.