RE: Property Rights

Billy Brown (
Tue, 25 May 1999 12:21:41 -0500

Raymond G. Van De Walker wrote:
> Gosh, what a wonderful question!
> Why don't we become a big hive mind, and then since we will all be "I",
> I will own everything, and I can do whatever I think best?
> It looks to me like property is really a caching solution to a
> communication problem. We vest resource rights in local processors
> (people) because it's too hard to transfer the knowledge of individuals
> using our low-bit rate natural languages.

Yes, a borganism probably doesn't need property in the conventional sense. It will need some kind of internal accounting and prioritization mechanisms, but they will probably be very different from anything humans use.

However, unless everyone is assimilated by the borganism you haven't resolved the question. How does the borganism relate with other independent entities, be they humans, individual SIs or other borganisms?

Billy Brown, MCSE+I