[ExI] Will ems have two genders?

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Sun May 15 10:52:49 UTC 2016

On Sun, May 15, 2016 at 5:00 AM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2016-05-14 04:04, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
> Is there a reason to expect that ems would have a male and a female
> gender? We have to remember that ems are not biological, and gender may
> have a purely biological origin.
> But ems start as scans of biological brains and retain the memories,
> personalities and identity constructs of the bio-original. Since most
> people strongly identify with one gender or the other, they are likely to
> keep doing that as ems.
> I think furries, transgender people and experimentation online with
> alternative personas demonstrate that there is more fluidity than many
> people think, but they are hardly evidence that ems will lose gender
> identity. In the longer run, when people start mind editing, yes, but not
> in the short-run scenario in Robin's book.

### I have to read it, once it comes out on Kindle. In the meantime I would
think that the short-run scenario is going to be really short-run, running
in internet time on yottaflop steroids.

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