Re: Upload motivations (was SPACE: Lunar Billboard?)

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 08 Jan 1997 11:51:03 -0500

Guru George wrote:
> >Sure
> >having remote probes to do advance scouting are great, especially when
> >exploring space, at least in the sense of reducing risks and maximizing
> >time utility by culling out negative possibilities (i.e. stars with no
> >planets, etc), but they will not replace actually setting your own foot
> >down on an alien beach, meeting alien life forms in person, or skiing
> >ammonia glaciers on the moons of gas giants....
> Isn't the difference only in what you get used to? We are used to the
> sensory abilities we have, so our Gestalt of the world is well knit (so
> to speak); feedback is understood unconsciously.
> We would probably get the same feeling from telepresence eventually.
> Guru George

If one is blind, a CCD linked implant is a miracle, but not to the
sighted. It is merely a low quality extention to one who can already
see. it is possible that high quality full sensory input drones will be
"possible", but cost effective or affordable is another issue entirely.
its possible now to do many of the exploration and exploitation concepts
we have for this solar system. however it is not "cost effective" from a
commercial standpoint at the present time due to the inefficiency of
chemical rocket propulsion.

If uploading becomes widely possible, affordable, and popular, then the
market for full sensory capable drones will be sufficient to warrant
their development, but probably not before, unless VR sex becomes even
more widely popular.


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