On Tue, 03 August 1999, Jeff Davis wrote:
> I seem to have painted myself into a corner, and I don't like stories with
> unhappy endings. The government at its best would be a poor master for a
> superior intelligence, and the spook/militarist/domination-and-control
> culture is hardly the government at its best.
> So, my futurist friends, how do we extricate ourselves from this rather
> tight spot? Perhaps I see--dimly taking shape within the mists of Maya--a
> way. I don't know, it's hard to see. Perhaps you can help to make it out?
> Best, Jeff Davis
If someone can create a protocol clever enough to efficiently use the distributed computing resources of the internet, it will always exceed any centralized capacity the government can attain. Of course, the government can do the same thing. Either way this allows multiple parties to compete in creating SI's. It could get very interesting.
A list member by the name of Dan Clemmenson has advocated this approach. He would be the one the ask about it.