[ExI] Wrestling with Embodiment

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 22:49:04 UTC 2012

On 27 January 2012 07:57, Giulio Prisco <giulio at gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree that intelligence must be "embodied" in the sense that it must
> have sensors and actuators to act upon its environment (physical
> reality, or whatever synthetic scape it inhabits) and to communicate
> with other intelligences, but this sense is so weak that it is almost
> tautological.
> I don't think intelligence must be necessarily based on biology, and I
> don't think it will remain uniquely based on biology for long.
> Uploading technology to leave biology behind will be developed,
> probably not as soon as I wish to see, but sooner than many people
> think.
> I like to think that those who want to stay in organic bodies will be
> free to do so, those who want to upload to robotic bodies will be free
> to do so, and those who want to migrate to synthetic scapes will be
> free to do so (the flesher, gleaners and polices scenario in Egan's
> Diaspora). But history shows that there are always fundamentalist
> zealots, persuaded that their way is The Way, who want to force others
> to follow them, and therefore I am afraid things will not be so clean
> and simple.

One Egan's novel where intelligence seems actually disembodied is
Permutation City.

Stefano Vaj
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