[ExI] 23andme again

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Thu Jun 13 05:34:21 UTC 2013

On 2013-06-12 23:48, spike wrote:
> I haven't proven it yet so it is merely a suspicion based on it being 
> a convenient explanation for a collection of baffling observations.  
> There is much detective work to do.  But what a sitch: these two 
> sleepwalkers get caught nearly a century and a half later.

Great story! And a good example of how technology is making the past 
transparent in ways it couldn't foresee. We are right now fairly 
transparent to the future: we are leaving gigantic data shadows that 
imply much more than we think. A few facebook likes, the rhythm of 
keyboard writing, patterns of IP-addresses - they all reveal our 
identities and activities much more than we normally think. And in the 
future every kid will have tools that make Prism look pretty trivial.

If you want to keep secrets from the future you really have to work on it.

> The human genome project was supposed to help us solve humanities most 
> vexing medical problems.  Instead it is helping us figure out long 
> after the fact who was jumping whom and when.  It's the scientific 
> version of using all that internet bandwidth to exchange pornography.

We mammals know our priorities.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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