>>> Eugene Leitl <email@example.com> 23/July/1998
Gerhard Kessell-Haak (Gerhard Kessell-Haak) writes:
> I've always thought that a superior analogy would be between
> and "chimpanity" - chimpanzee's have relatively complex social [...]
You're missing the point. The posthumanity's complexity deltas to us _could_ be a lot more than between Feynman and a rhabdovirus. Comparison with insects are weak enough, and comparisons with apes/hominids can cut it even less.
Fair enough. However, what iteration of post-humanity are we talking about here? Assuming increasing abilities in reasoning and 'extropy' for each iteration, this argument begins to depend heavily on which iteration one is talking about. I find it difficult to believe that the difference between humanity and the first iteration of transhumanity (or iteration-set, if there is a bifurcation into many different forms of transhumanity) will be as large as that between humanity and insects.
The second iteration, though, I'm not so sure about.