It’s really amazing to think that Al Gore was only a few hundred votes away from being President of the United States. He has turned out to be totally cray cray – the latest evidence when he went on a rant about how we should mix spiders and goats so goats can excrete silk in their milk.
“Good thing is we don’t have to worry about the future because the future is in really good hands because Al Gore is here. And Al Gore has an amazing, some amazing news about, if you need silk pajamas, he’s got it taken care of. Listen to this from the South by Southwest conference this weekend. Al Gore on the future of silk production,” Glenn said.
In one of his typically droll and boring speeches, Gore explained “You can’t farm spiders for a number of reasons, so people are talking the genes from spiders and splicing them into goats…They look like goats, then these spider goats secret silk through their udders.”
Glenn did warn that despite the seeming insanity of his statements, Gore’s comments are reflective of what can happen with technology as society approaches the singularity. He noted that Gore’s book, which has a chapter entitled “The Reinvention of Life and Death”, deals with how technology redefines what life and even death can mean when man becomes merged closer with machines.
“Would you please listen to me on the coming singularity?” Glenn said. “The Reinvention of Life and Death. That means people will never die because you can be downloaded. This is the concept. Why? It won’t be hard to unplug grandma because grandma will still be with you.”
“The same kind of people that Al Gore ‑‑ he’s creepier and more dangerous. Keep him on the global warming thing because he’s more dangerous on this stuff. And this is coming. You may not have to deal with it. If you were my age, you’re going to get ‑‑ you’re going to get ‑‑ you’ll be within 20 years of the end of your life if you’re my age and this will happen. You’ll have 20 years. But our children will have their whole lives, and our grandchildren will have their whole lives. Being redefined, life and death, what is life.”
“Oh, please, I’m begin’ ya, please read the Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near. They are both by Ray Kurzweil. Please read them. Please know this argument inside and out. Please know what they are talking about. When they are talking about transhumanism. Ray calls it the singularity. I call it the singularity. Al Gore calls it transhumanism. When we transition beyond human.”
“I was reading a story this weekend about the surprising lack of solar storms because we’re supposed to be in, what is it, solar maximus right now? And the last time this happened, it, you know, burned all the telephone wires and everything else in the Twenties. It set all of the telegraphs on fire back in the 1800s. We’re in that cycle again and they are saying that, you know, this is going to be interesting because what’s going to happen. And nobody really is paying attention to this. If it happens, I’m convinced after hearing stuff like this it’s the Tower of Babel. That is the biggest blessing that could happen to us because it wouldn’t be an EMP that would take our country out and destabilize the world. It would take us all out equally. It will scatter us again, confuse our language. We won’t be able to be global and completely united to do crazy things like transform people into something beyond human.”
“Jeez, we don’t even have the human thing down yet.”
Here’s video of Gore talking about spider goats on The Daily Show, just so you know we didn’t just have Pat pretend to be Gore to make him look stupid: