Re: [Fwd: Re: Most 200{0,1} prescient SciFi author?]

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 05:40:14 MST

Damien Broderick <> writes:

> At 10:52 AM 4/01/01 +0100, Anders wrote:
> >They also used it as a weapon during the Great War, according to a
> >mock documentary in the skit: british soldiers who did not speak
> >German learned one line each, and then read it aloud.
> Who did the German translation in the first place?

Kamikaze linguists? :-)

A bit like the kamikaze chaperonin that puts together a protease from
the inside and once it has got the enzyme into the right shape is
immediately disassembled.
> Yes, I *know* I'm being absurdly pedantic about a nice running gag. The
> self-undermining self-recursion is half the fun. But I have this theory,
> see. I reckon the laugh-till-you-die joke must have been devised in the
> first place by an Asperger person, or maybe a Martian, or perhaps even an
> AI program [run on a Babbage Engine, I guess]. It would have to be written
> down initially by some critter that could *predict* the dire effect on a
> standard human brain-body, while escaping those toxic consequences.

Hmm, Godel assassination? Might be something to include in my Orion's
Arm setting, where there are actually some amoral superintelligences
for hire. I can see it now, the magazine "Jupiter Brain of
Fortune"... :-)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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