Re: Borg... sounds Swedish (Review, Rants, Spoilers and Spe

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 31 May 1997 20:16:21 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 31 May 1997, Hal Finney wrote:

> This notion that the Borg are uncreative doesn't wash with me. All those
> people standing around, their minds all hooked up, forming the Collective...
> What are they thinking *about*? Surely such a mind could see the strategic
> necessity of advancing technology.

Their extremely fast rate of adaption might be because millions of
borgs are developing countermeasures in the background. Or perhaps
they are lost in "Infinite Fun Space" as the Minds in _Excession_
call it?

> This also raises the question, how did the Borg acquire the technology they
> have? Generally speaking, in a competition, the higher technology will
> win, especially when you are talking about phasers and shields and warp
> drives.

But suppose you let a few units and scout ships get attacked, and
then the rest of the Collective can safely learn from the attack and
figure out how to replicate it? As long as they doesn't encounter a
vastly superior foe they can sacrifice a few units and learn a lot
from it.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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