Documenting the Coming Singularity

Sunday, October 31, 2010

How we can eliminate suffering

HPlus Magazine - 10.21.10 by David Pearce

Reality is big. So our optimism must be confined to sentient beings in our forward light-cone. But I tentatively predict that the last experience below "hedonic zero" will be a precisely dateable event several hundred years hence.

Here are five grounds for cautious optimism:

1) We Shall Soon Be Able To Choose Our Own Level Of Pain-Sensitivity
2) We Can Soon Choose How Rewarding We Want Our Daily Life To Be
3) Steak Lovers and Vegans Alike Can Soon Eat Cruelty-Free Diets
4) Carnivorous Nonhuman Predators Can Be Phased Out Too
5) We May Be On The Eve Of An "Intelligence Explosion"

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