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Singularity Elevator Speech

Cross-posted to singularity_now.

I've recently started podcasting, and one of the things I plan to do regularly is interview people on their area of expertise and then ask them about the Singularity. Most people in Northwest Arkansas, even the well-healed educated ones, do not have any entry for 'The Singularity' in the working lexicons.

When I went to ask a recent interview subject for his thoughts on the topic and he responded that he'd never heard of it, I scrambled to put together an elevator speech (a memorized speech that one can deliver in 90 seconds to get the point across to a total neophyte) on the fly. You can judge the results for yourself, but I think you'll agree that my first attempt could use some revision.

Question: What would you say to someone with no prior knowledge of the topic (or related topics like biological evolution, the history of science or technology, Moore's Law, etc.) to introduce them to the topic of the Vingean Singularity in about a minute and a half?

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tragemorph
Oct. 12th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I think RAW's way of explaining it succinctly was the best, with his "Jumping Jesus" phenomenon: http://www.rawilson.com/sitnow.html
kmo
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
RAW
Yeah, that about does it. I'd love to make up a power point presentation to illustrate that.

Thank you.
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