Re: the Focus

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 17:08:17 -0400

Wei Dai wrote:
> I would love to see some more discussion of the book here. So to start it

> off, how plausible do you think the Focus is? In the book, the Focus is
> near the upper limit of technology in the Slow Zone, and was only
> discovered by accident. But I can't tell if Vinge really believes it would
> be difficult to invent or if that is just a plot device. If such
> technology can be developed, is it something extropians should support?

Extropians should support any intelligence amplification technology, but only if used on a voluntary basis, and if its intensity can be tuned for the individual's preference and/or reversed entirely.

Mike Lorrey