Over at Singularity Hub, Aaron Saenz is gushing over Michael Vassar’s Google TechTalk.
Vassar is the president of the Singularity Institute and a prominent advocate for the belief that technologies may develop exponentially in the future.
Not really… my understanding is that the reason that Michael V. talks about the Enlightenment a lot is that he thinks that was the last major boost in human understanding and reason. He tends to focus more on human thinking than on our technologies, and sees the latter as an outgrowth of the former. That’s the primary idea behind the Vingean Singularity as well. (Remember that one?)
One of the apparent purposes of Less Wrong is to start a new Enlightenment. The jury’s still out on that one, but it doesn’t hurt to try.