[FoRK] geopolitics of low oil prices

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Jan 12 15:50:56 PST 2016

There will be a line.  If you make it to that line in reasonable shape, it will be possible to start leaping ahead, or rather 
leaping back in terms of body age. Whether that happens much, how much it costs, who is allowed or tries to stop it 
(religio-freakout driven geri-terrorists (geri-terries?), of course), what the early adopter downsides are, how philosophy / 
psychology / economics evolve to handle it, all of that is up in the air.  Medically, it is already happening.

The line's a come'n.  Be ready to make a break for it boys and girls.  Start your training here: 

Are you bright green?

And that's before we even consider uploading to wet or dry hardware, which seems more likely than ever.  Unless we seriously devalue 
individuals in some sense, which also might happen. Perhaps you only get to upload as a collective, Borg-style, when you assemble 
enough critical mass of value, experience, etc. What's your denom?  (A denom of 1, i.e. 1/1, means you get to upload with full 
integrity.  A denom of 10 means you get 1/10th of an upload presence.)


On 1/12/16 3:10 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> Just saying that I have no expectations of living to 200.
> (And if I did, shit, I'll have to work until I'm 140 to be able to
> retire...)
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 3:04 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> On 1/12/16 2:18 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 1:58 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>>> We're going to be living in magical worlds
>>> ​"We", but not us.
>> Many of us are within a few miles of the epicenters of magical devices,
>> self-driving cars, voice recognition, image and object recognition, concept
>> encyclopedias being coupled to deep learning, and all the money anyone
>> would need to make it all happen...
>> We're close to a time when a summer of code project could edit a genome to
>> create a new animal or store data or make an enhancement using CRISPR for
>> $100.  Send a message to all of your progeny by editing in a GenomeCode in
>> part of your unused DNA!  Show stripes on your skin whenever you are on an
>> odd milli-lay line (requires the GenomePS module and service).  Create
>> glowing saliva, but only when you kiss your betrothed!  What will you think
>> of?  (For your safety, all DNA sequences reset at the end of the project.)
>> The magic is out there.  It's just not yet evenly distributed.
>> Of course, as always, one cycle's magic is the next cycle's ho hum
>> standard engineering techniques.  Like AI (AGI really), it's only magic
>> when we don't know how to do it yet.
>> sdw

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