That having been said, I still think that a poll is a fine idea. How
about this one:
Please rank these "ends" in order of desirability:
A) Anything Box B) Singularity C) Libertarianism
D) Galactic population E) Intelligence amplification F) Cyberspace
G) Postbiological bodies H) Artificial intelligence I) Perfect ethics
J) Immortality K) Uploading O) ______________
Please rank these "means" in order of importance:
A) Nanotechnology B) Cognitive science C) Libertarianism
D) Space travel E) Neuroscience F) 'Net society
G) Cryonics H) Psychology/memetics I) Recruiting
J) Medical science K) Computer science L) Social activism
M) Space/Lunar colonies N) Neurosilicon interfaces O) Political actvsm.
P) Calorie restriction Q) Algernon's Law (sigh..) R) Extp. Institute
S) New physics T) Consciousness studies U) Philosophy
My score: Ends BEIKJAGCH; Means BTSENAKQFICU
End "K" includes exploring self-made virtual worlds.
End "D" means general domination of the Universe.
End "F" includes perfect communications.
End "I" means knowing what Life, the Universe, and Everything are about.
Means "F" refers to making social activism etc. faster and easier and
more powerful by doing it over the Internet.
Means "T" refers to the "hard problem of conscious experience", what
makes redness different from greenness.
-- email@example.com Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/singularity.html http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/algernon.html Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you everything I think I know.