[ExI] proto-bitcoin

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Thu Apr 18 20:28:06 UTC 2013

On 18/04/2013 19:17, spike wrote:
> >...  I will be extremely annoyed (and yet paradoxically entertained and 
> perhaps even titillated) if I learn that one or more of the GIMPS 
> discoverers bought their way to godhood... spike

Now, a market for godhood sounds rather extropian. A market for honorary 
godhood may be a bad thing (it is supposed to be a honor), but it would 
be great for real godhood since no doubt the prices would come down as 
it was commoditized.

> There is not even any point in being a geek if one cannot be weird.

Yeah, mainstream geekery is so bland.

Sometimes I feel like a hipster: "I was a transhumanist before it was 
cool!" Yesterday I gave a lecture to senior civil servants in the UK 
government. I was presented as a transhumanist and nobody raised an 
eyebrow, and afterwards several people said things straight out of our 
list discussions. If people in suit and tie can discuss bitcoin, skill 
uploads and big data tracking of changes in human nature over a glass of 
wine in the Churchill Room of the Treasury Department, then these ideas 
are no longer very weird.

Obviously we need to weird out more. Tomorrow I will give a talk about 
the future of enhancement. What is the strangest enhancements we can 
envision that seem remotely possible given current science?

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/attachments/20130418/12e2ed13/attachment.html>

More information about the extropy-chat mailing list