The "Ask Ray" reproduced below prompted my own. I hope Professor Kurzweil responds.
Ask Ray | Potential for elitization of the Singularity
National Nanotechnology Initiative | “Ethical, legal and societal issues”
Is there an ethic with standards to which all humans can appeal in a culturally pluralistic, politically fractious, economically indeterminate, philosophically postmodern/post-enlightenment world? International institutions presume it. World peace and prosperity demand it. The future of humanity depends on it. Yes, it is a matter of cooperation, choice, and consensus. But how do we get there?
It all started when Cousin Vinnie sent out a post entitled "What is Scarce is Wisdom, not Water" by a conservative author dealing ...