The Internet is forever

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Mar 08 2000 - 22:49:10 MST

> Spike Jones wrote:
> >
> > Nextly, transparent world fans and info nudists: I can easily imagine,
> > in my own natural lifetime, being able to sit down at a computer, type
> > in any name and have some future version of the web go out and
> > collect every stupid thing that person ever posted, ever, by searching
> > thru achives, etc. Does this change the way we post? spike

My old posts to are still floating
around there somewhere.

I suppose that society will eventually adjust to the point of being able
to elect a President whose badly-spelled nine-year-old writings are
openly available on the 'Net. (Not that we'll have that kind of time,
but never mind.)

The Internet is forever. Not just the next ten years, but *forever*.
So don't do anything that might come back to haunt you over the next
million years...

(Singularity permitting, of course. I was planning to not care.)

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

                 Member, Extropy Institute
           Senior Associate, Foresight Institute

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