Yes, I'm an academic and I get a similar reaction from telling people I study the Singularity as when I say I've signed up for cryonics. Thankfully, I have tenure.

Do you actually say you "study the singularity" or give a more in depth explanation? I ask because the word study is usually used only in reference to things that do or have exisited, rather than to speculative future events.

1Halfwitz6yWhat happens when you say, "I study the economic implications of advanced artificial inteligence," to people?

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments


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