Re: Self Defense

From: Emlyn (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 23:12:47 MST

Eugene wrote:
> denis bider wrote:
> >
> > To fantasize a little bit... A personal armor, one that could be used on
> > regular basis, would be wonderful. Imagine something that would protect
> > wearer against anything from bullets to biohazards.
> Best solution: 1) telepresence 2) cryptography + traffic mixers. Plus
> redundant copies, which get woken up by watchdog/periodically.
> You can't nuke something if you don't know where it is.

I think Eugene is right on the ball here.

I think telepresense is a bit of a sleeper concept which will gain a
stronger hold in the next few years. Particularly in countries such as the
US where fear of the outside world seems pretty extreme, I would expect that
the option of having a telepresence to deal with bricks & mortar (& bullets)
will hold a strong appeal.

Basically, the place that holds your intelligence substrate is a liability;
if it breaks, you die. So, options to remove this vulnerability will hold
appeal. In the short term, hiding the body away (at home) is likely to do
well. In the longer term, we upload and perhaps copy ourselves for
redundancy (if we can just solve those pesky consciousness problems), or
else we all get eaten by grey goo or are replaced by AI SIs... but there's
another story.

By the way, I'd never wear that armour, or carry a gun for that matter,
unless circumstances were entirely different. It'd impinge on my personal
sense of coolness. Can't have that.

(uh, except for nerf)

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