[ExI] Immortality Comes to TV

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Sep 6 06:16:16 UTC 2007

Is protecting literary IP a reasonable model?  Is protecting nearly  
any IP reasonable in the world we hope to soon inhabit?

Consider, a bit of imbedded computational ability could give each of  
us the ability to remember anything we experience in perfect  
fidelity.  Fast networks would enable us to share anything we have  
experienced in full fidelity with as many people as we wish.   It  
would enable us to re-experience, data mine, remix any and all of that  
content any way we found interesting or beneficial.  If we keep  
current models of IP though it would be illegal to even have such  
capabilities much less share hardly any of the contents or results  
with others without countless permissions and possible horrendous  
financial charges.

If we want a world where human potential is maximized, not to mention  
maximizing the potential of AGIs,  it is crucial that access to  
information and resources be as unencumbered as possible.  I don't see  
that a world of IP, DMCA, RIAA etc and much worse that technological  
implementation of such notions could bring is conducive to  
maximization of human potential and maximization of infosphere wide  

If all of this is so then the question becomes how to insure everyone  
is sufficiently compensated (or not) to have reasonably full access to  
all the necessities and many of the luxuries of life and to have more  
rewards for their creativity and contributions.    I believe these  
problems are solvable while opening up access and not criminalizing  
things we wish to increase.   I don't believe the notion of  
"intellectual property" is viable in a transhuman future.

- samantha

On Sep 5, 2007, at 9:13 PM, PJ Manney wrote:

> On 9/5/07, John <desertpaths2003 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> This news article more than anything shows how protecting literary
>> intellectual property can be a nightmare.  I recently went to a  
>> Comic book
>> Convention and some of the writers on the panels there had some  
>> doozies to
>> tell.
>> http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2003860020_webimmortal30.html
> Honey, let me tell you, it's a jungle out there.  I've got plenty of
> horror stories of my own.  And people wonder why I'm bitter...
> PJ
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