Re: SOC/LAW: Chimp Rights

From: Bryan Moss (
Date: Sun Feb 06 2000 - 09:25:20 MST

Greg Burch wrote:

> > - It weakens arguments that transhumanity is 'inhuman'
> > (or at the very least implies divergent species
> > should be granted the same basic rights as humans).
> >
> > - It sets a wonderful precedent for our super-
> > intelligent progeny.
> The last two points are the ones that seem to have the
> most pragmatic importance, from an extropian point of
> view. They are actually the principles that will be of
> greatest importance before (in the third point) and after
> (in the fourth point) the development of true "super-
> human" beings in avoiding the terrible visions of the
> transhuman Civil War that sometimes haunt my dreams of
> the future.

I think a good case can be made that the last point will be
of even more interest to our successors than it is to us.
An SI would be on a much steeper curve than us, and its
successor, an SSI, would arrive in a much shorter time.
Likewise an SSI would have even more reason to worry about
its treatment at the hands of its successor, and so on.


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