At 10:40 AM 7/7/98 -0700, Robin wrote:
>I disagree that upload copying is so drastic that any outcome is plausible.
>A virtue of the Malthusian analysis is exactly that as long as the physically
>possible population growth rates are high enough, the outcome is insensitive
>to just how high. The actual growth rate is determined by other things.
By `outcome' I had in mind the impact on the world of the new technologies of self-replication. I can easily imagine a range of methods which differ excruciatingly in their impact. You might need an expensive supercomputer to upload into. Or maybe a classy 2025 PC will do, and say 10 percent of the literate population run off a xox to keep on their belt. Or maybe Drextech is needed, but that allows a thousand matchbox sized xoxes to be produced as cheaply as one. Or maybe *major* Drextech allows it all to be done into brains the size of grains of sand, and costing no more than sand (but also no more conspicuous or energy hungry - until they start *doing stuff* to the world).
Or am I missing your point?