[ExI] Gold

Alan Grimes ALONZOTG at verizon.net
Sun May 26 15:53:07 UTC 2013

Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 05:54:43PM -0400, Alan Grimes wrote:
>> Eugen Leitl wrote:
>>>> or wherever will likely mean that space enterprises and space settlers
>>> There won't be any space settlers. All the settling and processing
>>> will be done by solid state.
>> I find that statement profoundly offensive. It implies that some
>> agency will exterminate all other forms of life and modes of
> I'm quite gotten used to such slander from Alan, but for the
> benefit of others: absolutely not. It's a simple consequence
> of physics of space travel.

No it's not.

> Which is why space probes have left the solar system, while
> suited primates just barely visited the very next gravity well.

That's politics, not physics.

> So no "A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies!
> A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!'.

Blade Runner is nothing but green fields and sunshine next to what 
you're proposing. =(

The only thing absolutely required for off-world colonies is the will to 
do it.

Do you have any idea what this looks like to the outside world? Every 
day, recently, Alex Jones gets on the air and tells an audience of ten 
million people scattered around the world that the elite will, as 
advocated by Ray Kurzweil will "merge with machines" and kill the rest 
of the population. What am I supposed to say to that? "You're exactly 
right, man."?

It is your attitude that is jeopardizing transhumanism and reducing the 
chances that we will actually get anything better than a somewhat 
effective life-extension treatment.


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