I’m In Your Basket, Stealing Your Precious Eggs

Every so often, people accuse singularitarians of advocating that we should ignore other issues such as arms control and environmental protection and put all our eggs in the singularity basket. These people are making the simple mistake of not thinking at the margin. Sure, if society invested its resources in a safe singularity only, that would be irrational. We should address the world’s various problems with a broad mix of strategies. But right now, the fraction of resources society is investing in ensuring a safe singularity is negligible. We have a long way to go before this fraction is anything near where it should be, and a unit of extra effort toward a safe singularity becomes about as useful as a unit of extra effort invested in more popular strategies. You have only a small fraction of the world’s eggs; putting them all in the best available basket will help, not harm, the global egg spreading effort.

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