Re: >H Media: Future of the Internet

Eugene Leitl (
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 21:38:35 +0200 (MET DST)

On Fri, 13 Jun 1997, Anders Sandberg wrote:

> Formulated in that way it is too extreme, but I think your basic

I'd kill to see an audience of hard-headed, purple-faced silk-tied
businessmen gripping their seat handles white-knuckledly, while gnashing
their teeth when exposed to this kind of memoids. Hee-heeh.

> ideas could be put in a less extreme way: computer-supported
> collaborative work across the net together with decision support,
> information agents and other intelligence amplification technologies
> will enable small groups to become tremendously productive.

I think this has a darker undertone: an ALife golem population, sent out
to trade on the web, to mine cash for a bright programmer, could very soon
develop a kind of private interest in the harsh darwinian web theatre soon
to dominate out there. Current protection system brittleness assuming
(ice=firewalls, authentication and crypted links), matrix subversion
through evolved agents is a very real possibility. Consider AFUTD:
man-made Blight reaching out to claim Earth seems a very real possibility.
The digicash demise. Flight of fancy? I think not entirely.