November 25, 2010
Charlie Kam: The Very Model Of A Singulatarian

If you want to give a friend a fast easy introduction to transhumanism, life extension, and the Singularity (where technological advance accelerates to an incomprehensible rate) then show them Charlie Kam's 2007 performance "I am the very model of a singularitarian".

That's a take-off on Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" song "I am the very model of a modern Major General".

You can find several performances of the latter on YouTube.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 November 25 04:50 PM  Transhumans Singularity

Dentin said at November 29, 2010 9:28 AM:

While amusing, I personally wouldn't show it to many (if any) of the people that I know. For those of us with background, the concepts are obvious and make sense; for those without the background, it reads only as a condensed pile of extremist beliefs in some mystical thing called 'singularity'. There are too many strong concepts, too quickly, many of which will evoke disbelief and trigger 'snake oil' defense systems. A lot of the claims echo religious predictions - replace singularity with jesus as you listen to it again to see what I mean.

I really think a better approach to introducing people to these concepts is one at a time, starting with those that cause the least distress. Use the learned concepts to introduce others by logical conclusion and 'what if' scenarios.

That's just me though.

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