Optimism Optimized & Pessimism Prodded

“An interview about THE FUTURE with Hugo Winning author CHARLES STROSS! Fumblingly carried out by John Shirley:”

  • The Singularity “uncritically subsumes patterns of belief that originated in Christianity…. “

  • The Singularity’s origin in “the writings of the Russian Orthodox theologian Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov in the late 19th century…. “

  • “… it looks from where I’m standing as if many self-avowed atheists and rationalists are actually replacing the religion they rejected with an elaborate framework of beliefs that are structurally indistinguishable from it.”

  • Also: The slowing rate of IT progress, “information pollution,” and how hackers could create armies of assassins using smart light bulbs. “We’ve created a hideous grifters paradise, where everybody needs to know stuff that only network security administrators needed to be aware of a couple of decades ago, and made it a terrible time to be a paranoid schizophrenic.

Mitch W @MitchW