Re: Colonize Atlantis!

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 05 Mar 1999 11:11:19 -0600

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> More suggestions?

Well, now that Algernon's Law 1.1 is out, I can join in.

If an advanced civilization has published the neuroanatomical targets, neurohacking can be done with a small 1980s shop (or even earlier, but direct electrical current can produce chemical byproducts in the brain). If you're willing to take casualties, you can learn the targets on a pretty low budget. I don't know whether you'd want Specialists or people with Reengineered emotions in the campaign, but, realistically speaking, they'd be there on any Libertarian colony. Once there are a few high-profile successes with neurohacking, nobody is ever going to give it up.

And on any non-Libertarian colony, or even a Libertarian colony where they weren't welcome - perhaps due to a conflict on Old Earth - they'd be there, but hidden. Working for a Singularity behind the scenes? Kept as slaves of a few dark conspiracies? Badly neurohacked geniuses working at their own insane purposes? All of the above? Only time will tell.

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