[ExI] Problem with Pattents

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 23:01:12 UTC 2008

On Friday 22 February 2008, ablainey at aol.com wrote:
> That's as maybe, I'll be among the first in the queue for an upgrade.
> However like money, intelligence doesn't make for good people, no
> sireee. It does certainly help though. Also even if a blanket level
> of intelligence could be achieved, this would not remove the 'Arms
> race' of technology. It easy to imagine a lovely cosy star trek post
> money world. However I think systems such a patents (as the currently
> stand) are barriers to us achieving such an existence.

Star Trek was Marxist in the sense of "post money" where everybody was 
entitled to a rationing. That's not what I am talking about at all. I 
am much more Star Wars. ;)

> Seriously, what you seem to elude to is that in a post nano assembler
> world. It would appear the only thing of any value would be raw
> materials. I would like to think that Life would also be valued, but
> fear it will be reduced to simply the knowledge gained being valued.

We are already in a nano assembler world (cells). They make us. They 
make life. We are now starting to learn to program. And you say that 
this will cause us to devalue life? If anything, we will begin to 
experience reality more and on a deeper level than before.

> Which in a world where it could be instantly gained from another or
> stored should they cease to exist (dead or upload vessel destroyed)
> perhaps even the knowledge/data would have little value? Troubling.

The value of life is not dying? Doubly troubling. Many of us will die. 
Are we to say that we therefore contribute no 'value' whatever this may 
be to the rest of the world?

- Bryan
Bryan Bishop

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