Re: Gender issues (was HUMOR: Anti-cryonics philosophy)

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 19:11:12 -0600

> So summing it up, I would claim that:
> a. The rapid rate of change of technology, combined with
> b. The comparatively slow rate change of culture, and
> c. The possible genetic obstacles in modifying culture,
> will result in the question of gender roles becoming moot long before
> our society resolves these issues in any significant way.

Agreement, particularly with your statement about nanotech sex-changes
finally wiping out the problem. I had much the same idea about wiping
out racism with melanin blockers/enhancers, except that I didn't think
it would require nanotechnology. In any case, I first thought that if
you could decide what color to be today by gulping a couple of pills, it
would solve the problem. Now I think it would only ameliorate it; you
could probably still distinguish between races even if the colors were

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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