You presumably missed the uplifting thread from a few months ago; personally
I think a trans-racoon would make a really cool pet, like the supersonic
dogs in 'Snow Crash'.
> since even a transraccoon would
>still be less intelligent than a human.
Not neccesarily true; if the estimates published in 'Extropy' in the past
are realistic, a human-level SI could easily fit into the head of a racoon.
One of the characters in a short story I'm writing is a human-level SI
in a ferret's body.
> Does it matter what happens to
> humanity in a strong AI future?
It does to me; unlike many people here I'm in no rush to upload. But in
the long run I don't think they'll survive as anything other than cool
pets for SIs.