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Future/Past Speculations

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 08:28:30 -0000
Archived: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 07:15:48 -0500
Subject: Future/Past Speculations

Hello List

Occasionally ask a "will be - was it before?" question,
speculating on clues of historic use of new or forecast social
or technological innovations. It's surprising how many "new"
fads, fancies and even basic technologies/exploitations can be
seen in earlier civilizations - and, as Jared Diamond et all
have opined, some of them should be a warning to us.

You probably know of Ray Kurzweil's "Singularity"


where he forecasts that pretty soon humans (or more likely a
wealthy elite) will be uploading their personalities into
potentially immortal computer-based devices. Yet, if the rest of
us are left as we are, those 'immortals' will need their digital
homes to be hidden, safe-guarded and tended by loyal (highly
paid?) humans - maybe on the promise of joining the immortals as
and when.

Obviously there no specific examples of that in recorded
history, however the general outline - a long-lived
'association' passing on inherited responsibilities in utmost
secrecy - does have a recognizable ring to it (see R.A.W?).

What is the next logical step? Clearly it's better to be 'free'
than tied to a computer memory, no matter how spacious. And John
C. Wright, in his Golden Oecumene series:


describes the results - of 'freeing' electronic personalities to
roam around the (local) universe - very well, and dramatically
to boot.

As these folk are electronic - mere patterns of disturbance in
the outermost electrons of atoms of air, earth or water - a
primitive could only detect their presence by a few tell-tale
signs: a sudden chill (as the pattern draws energy from its
surroundings), glitches, drop-outs & malfunctions of simple
electrical and electronic equipment (ditto), and interference
with the thoughts of nearby animals (ditto - inducing fear
reactions), some long lasting and maybe permanent, due to
alteration of the brain's electro-chemical states.

Sound familiar?


Ray D

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