I just noticed that a President Barbie is being made (not news for the US list members I guess);
Too bad she's not running for real prez, she'd likely be the most extropian candidate.
--- Perpetual progress: Barbie's been through more career changes than I can count (bigger than 3). She's continually upgrading, improving, changing. Now she's running for Prez. That's progress!
Self Transformation: When you think Self Transformation, think Barbie. She's not going natural; Barbie is pure synthetic. Reminds me of a post here some time back quoting Dolly Parton.
Practical Optimism: Well, she'd no pessimist. I'm not sure about practical. How does she walk, for instance?
Intelligent Technology: Just ask Mattel; they'll tell you that Barbie technology is the most intelligent thing they've pursued. Also, she's made of durable plastic (even little kids don't seem to be able to break her; I've watched my daughter try). She'll be in tip-top condition, thousands of years from now.
Open Society: Hmm, I haven't actually heard her campaign platform; maybe it's the original blank-slate. That's openness!
Self Direction: Well, actually she's more of a puppet than a real leader; needs someone else to direct her actions. But that's no worse than any of the other candidates.
Rational Thinking: Let her off the hook on this one; she's trying to be a politician, after all. She does embody a very successful memeset - "Girls nationwide own an average of eight Barbies" (from the Url above). Somebody is engaged in rational thinking in Mattel's PR department. ---
We just have to hope for Seed AI Barbie; a regular barbie, with a button on the back:
<push button> "I've just redesigned my cognitive processes; now I am 100 IQ. <giggle>" <push button> "I've just redesigned my cognitive processes; now I am 200 IQ. <giggle>" <push button> "I've just redesigned my cognitive processes; now I am 400 IQ. <giggle>" <push button> "I've just redesigned my cognitive processes; now I am 800 IQ. <giggle>" ...
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