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A review I may retract

I just posted the following review of The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Scott Burns to Amazon.com:
Naive by Extropian, Transhumanist, or Singularitarian standards.

I’m sitting in the library with a copy of Kotlikoff and Burns’ book. I read the first chapter and saw that the authors were making predictions about the state of the world in 2080. I turned to the index hoping to skip ahead to their discussion of the economic effects of molecular nanotechnology. References to nanotech listed in the index: 0

I checked for discussions of genetic medicine and found no entry. Nor do the authors make any mention of artificial intelligence or robotics. Regardless of how well Kotlikoff and Burns know their respective fields, I can hardly take seriously any extrapolations concerning the state of things seven decades hence that do not take GNR (genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics) into account. Imagine a book about the state of the global economy at the start of the 21st century written in 1930 that makes no mention of the Internet or information technology.

If you want arguments, charts and statistics to justify your dislike of George W. Bush and his ilk (please don‘t take me for a Bush supporter), and if you imagine the future state of technology as looking basically like today except with high definition television, faster computers, and smaller cell phones, then you might find much to like about this book. I will be putting it back on the shelf before I leave the library.

I may retract this review if a lot of people rate it as unhelpful. I tend to ding reviewers who post reviews of books they admit they haven't actually read.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 15th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I did end up pulling this review.
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Update
I appreciated this entry.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Update
Hi there.

Wow, you're reading the "way back" material. :)

I notice that you're not a member of singularity_now. Given the interests listed in your profile, I think you might find the (rare) discussions that take place there of interest.

And if you've got any recommendations for a vitamin regime that improves cognitive function, I'd like to give it a try provided it doesn't cost a mint.

Thanks for taking notice and getting in touch.

Stay well.
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Update
My best recommendation for you is a supplement called vinpocetine. It is affordable and produces a noticeable effect, especially if used sublingually. If you take it orally, be sure to do so with food to increase absorption dramatically.

I will look into singularity_now. I am very new to the idea of the singularity so I'm sure it will be interesting.
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Update
I'll give the vinpocetine a go. Do you recommend any particular supplier?

If you're new to the Singularity notion, then you might want to have a peek at this site:


Many hours worth of dream weavery to enjoy there.
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Update
I have had success with Source Naturals and Jarrow Formulations. You can get the Jarrow variety at an affordable price here:
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