Let me start by complimenting you on a bravura performance. I’ve read dozens of books and articles on ASI but Superintelligence is clearly in a category of its own. I have no doubt that your work will stand as the definitive reference in the field for some time to come.
On the other hand, I do have a significant objection; if only to the work as a whole. You make a compelling case for working together to mitigate the unprecedented peril of ASI—a sorely needed case, truth be told!—but I can’t help but think that, even so, your book is suffused with too much optimism. To resort to bad haiku:
Can undoubtedly be tamed
We will make them safe!
At the risk of being a Cassandra, I fear that such optimism is entirely wrong!
I never fail to be amazed by the poor state of scientific media in America. Let’s take the so-called “Science” Channel as a case in point. What with the word stuck right up there at the front of the title, one might reasonably expect their content to include a goodly measure of the stuff; but no!
“Everyone talks about the Singularity; but no one does a thing about it!”
Nothing! Not a laugh, not even a snigger. You’d think that a theatre full of geeks would contain at least a single person who’d thought that I was funny; but no. They all just sat there, like veal; probably pissed that an unknown speaker was delaying Kurzweil’s entrance. Under any other set of circumstances, I would have been a nervous wreck; convinced that I’d lost them. I had a trick or two up my sleeve, though, so I pressed on.