Re: future pets

den Otter (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 18:23:35 +0200

> From: Anders Sandberg <> (Tony Belding) writes:

> > It could lead to
> > some form of sentience, and I feel this is not a high-priority goal.
> > We already know how to create sentient beings, we've got almost six
> > billion of them. Do we really need more?
> No, but we might need *different* kinds of entities. I think it would
> be healthy if we humans weren't the only kind of intelligent entity in
> society, the existence of other kinds of thinking and experiencing
> might have profound and healthy effects on ourselves.

Not to mention the fact that we need profound knowledge of neural nets and
AI to make uploading and the associated intelligence augmentation possible.

> Just you wait until the first AI is interviewed on CNN and starts to
> quote Martin Luther King... :-)

Heaven forbid! ;-)