Re: personality transmitters (was deathwatch)

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 17:58:29 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 12 Aug 1997, Brian D Williams wrote:

> >I particularly liked the idea of the device buzzing within a
> >certain range of another device, just like on "Highlander" when
> >two immortals are near.
> The more I thought about this the more I liked the idea, so I've
> come up with the idea of "Personality Transmitters". Basically it
> would be a small beeper sized device you would enter a code into
> (say 8 digits or so). The device would periodically send out a
> digital pulse and the rest of the time would listen for a similiar
> pulse, buzzing you when it was received......

Nice idea! It could probably be implemented *today* using smart
badges (like the ones Olivetti produces). Maybe one could cycle
through a list of codes (first the transhumanist code, then the
roleplayer code and so on).

This might be interesting to suggest to the Xerox Parc people, it
sounds like their thing. The codes could correspond to interests,
work subjects etc.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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