[ExI] elections again; was [Time Magazine: Person of the Year: Putin(!), my vote instead:Anna Politkovskaja]

Harvey Newstrom mail at harveynewstrom.com
Sat Dec 29 04:51:50 UTC 2007

On Friday 28 December 2007 08:25, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> Yes, people suck.

Sad but true.

> Unfortunately, secession of minorites to escape poor solutions of
> majorities are not in our cards, at least not yet.

Is escape the only answer?  Will futurists create these escapes?

We have to be careful to create technologies that do not impose our will on 
others, or they will rebel.  

For example:
How can someone create a super-AI without threatening the people who don't 
want the possibility of an AI dictator?  How can someone carry guns without 
threatening people who don't want the possibility of being shot?  How can 
someone get an abortion without threatening people who think all abortion is 
murder?  How can someone build robot workers without threatening people who 
don't want to lose their jobs?

All of these so-called freedom technologies threaten other groups that do not 
have the same belief systems.  These technologies will always be 
controversial until they can somehow be limited to the people who want them 
without disrupting the rest of the people who don't.

Harvey Newstrom <www.harveynewstrom.com>

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