Re: Programmed Ignorance, Uploading & Speed Limits

Mark Grant (
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 22:34:19 +0000

On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> To state an
> example, How would we experience a new universe someone created if we knew
> that it wasn't real and we could manipulate it anyway we want?

Ever played 'Doom'? I know it's not real, but I've still spent days in
that universe and had a lot of fun in the process. I can't prove that the
universe I'm in now is 'real', but I still have fun here.

> about the situation logically. Also there may be an uploading speed limit
> agreed upon by the mass population for dealing with other uploaded
> individuals because how could two people communicate if they were running
> at different processing speeds?

Email, or something like it. If the two AIs transfer complete messages
then the faster AI would just spend less time processing the
communication. Just as today some humans seem to think much faster than

> The elite would have the highest processing speed and the poor
> would have low processing speeds.

Just as today some people are smarter (faster) than others.

> It would be very nearly impossible to
> contact someone with a higher speed than you which means that the poor
> would have a more difficult time climbing to the top and have to steal
> timeslices.

Actually it would be easier because the faster AIs could commuicate with
several slow AIs simultaneously.


"[Hollywood's] way is so slow and expensive that you'll find yourself
falling asleep on the set and forgetting to say 'action'."
- Robert Rodriguez, 'The Ten Minute Film School'

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