[ExI] hard science

Tara Maya tara at taramayastales.com
Sat Feb 15 19:25:36 UTC 2014

On Feb 15, 2014, at 10:24 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:

> And if babies are made by machines, then breasts and penises and all the rest of our sex equipment are unnecessary.  Producing the highs of all types, orgasms, drugs, peak experiences should be fairly easy long before the far future without  relying on sense organs.

It has to be remembered that reward is connected to reproduction by natural selection. If reward becomes disconnected from what actually succeeds in spreading a life form (machine or biological), then that system of reward will eventually disappear. 

Just because the technology exists to make babies with machines doesn't mean that there is any selective pressure to do so. It would have to actually prove to be a system that would result in more surviving and further-reproducing copies of itself.

Personally, as a parent, I would never trust a government creche to spawn, guard, and rear my progeny. I have a vested interest in loving my own children, and investing in their future; but some bureaucrat has only a vested interest in exploiting my offspring to benefit his own. Unless he and I were clones, those two goals would diverge by a dangerous gulf.

Tara Maya
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