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Comment author: Dannil 13 April 2013 09:21:46PM *  -1 points [-]

I do not approve of the renaming, singularity to intelligence explosion, in this particular context.

Facing the Singu – Intelligence Explosion, is an emotional piece of writing, there are sections about your (Luke’s) own intellectual and emotional journey to singularitarianism, a section about how to overcome whatever quarrels one might have with the truth and the way towards it (Don’t Flinch Away), and finally the utopian ending which obviously is written to have emotional appeal.

The expression “intelligence explosion” does not have emotional appeal. The word intelligence sounds serious, and thus it fits well in, say, the name of a research institute, but many people view intelligence as more or less the opposite of emotion, or at least at something geeky and boring. And while they for sure are wrong in doing so, as also explained in the text, the association still remains. The word “explosion” also has mostly negative connotations.

“Singularity”, on the other hand, has been hyped for decades, by science fiction, by Kurzweil, and by even SIAI before the rebranding. Sci-fi and Kurzweil may not have given the word the most thorough underpinning, but they gave it hype and recognition, and texts such as this could give the needed foundation in reality.

I understand that the renaming is part of the “political” move of distancing the MIRI from some of the hype, but for this particular text, I reckon it a bad choice. “Facing The Singularity” would sell more copies.

Comment author: Dannil 05 November 2012 08:09:24PM 19 points [-]

Done, except for the very last part and the IQ questions (I have never taken a proper test).

Comment author: Dannil 20 June 2011 08:50:38PM 2 points [-]

I think the error is easier to see by showing that P(B|A)*P(A) > P(B) which is obviously wrong. But of course this is equivalent to what you wrote.

Comment author: Dannil 18 April 2010 04:34:50PM 6 points [-]

Hi! This made me register: first barrier overcome. I don’t think I will ever contribute that much, but maybe I will add a comment now and then when I have something intelligent to say. What I have read here and on OB has contributed quite a bit to my thinking.