Studying computers I have ran into Turings name occasionally. When I actually looked up the papers he had wrote that seeded the concepts that caryy his name, this was a very refreshing read. To me they stand the test of tmie well. I knew that Turing committed suicide that had to do with him being a homosexual. Now I have learned of suggestions that official instituitons might have had a helping hand in that and that there wil be no offcial apology.
Turing was quite young and what he produced was pretty good stuff. I would have been really exited to read what he would have written if he had been on the field for 5 times as much. Shortening that lifespan motivated with something as silly as homosexuality inflamed me with a big anger emotion.
You can add to your list of why we don’t have the singularity yet the item of “not tolerant enough”.
For what it’s worth.
Yeah, I was thinking about similar themes some days ago. My reference was Galois, a very young genius of the field. After single-handedly inventing group theory, he died. At 20. In a duel. Over a girl (allegedly).
Or Ramanujan. Died because he refused to eat healthily.
There are many examples of geniuses that died early, and had not the time to contribute much more to humanity, usually over silly things.
Ramanujan died as the result of compulsive behavior from two cultures. He was (so far as I know) doing alright until WWI happened.
I think you posts was interesting., so why the downvote? I’m new here, and I’m just trying to understand Karma system. Any particular reason?
The post argues that a single instance proves that lack of tolerance holds back the singularity. That’s a stupid argument. The kind of argument people make if the operate in the mental domain of politics and suddenly throw out their standards for rational reasoning.
It also quite naive in that it thinks that having the singularity now would be a good thing. Given that we don’t know how to build FAI at the moment having the singularity now might mean an obliteration of the human race.
I don’t know, but a pattern I’ve noticed lately is that posts that can be understood as “soldiers for the progressive side” will often get two or three downvotes pretty quickly, and then get upvoted back to zero over the next few days. (If they are otherwise interesting they typically get lots more upvotes.)
I suspect that pattern is relevant here.
I’ve noticed similar things. Probably some knee-jerk votes coming from NRX’s, or from folks who just hate seeing political comments here. Or both.
It was already downvoted when I saw it so I didn’t give it the most charitable reading, I thought it amounted to little more than a political cheer and not something that belongs here.
I failed to do basic googling. They are sorry for the fate but don’t revert any official decision.