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Things like Superintelligent AI and Simulation Theory are, IMO, sexy sci-fi remakes of real anxieties filtered through rich techies who have watched too much bad science fiction.

We already have a Paperclip Maximiser, it's called Captialism.

We already live in a fake universe, it's called Manufactured Consent.

@stolas Charles Stross makes an interesting connection back to cosmism and the early Russian work on the theory of space travel:

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia

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