Re: Uploading: End of the mundane

Joe Jenkins (
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 14:42:24 -0700 (PDT)

---Robin Hanson <> wrote:
> Joe Jenkins writes:
> >> After repeating this scenario 26 times, when you are a copy
> >> in on a job, you have a stack of 2600 sets of lessons learned in
> >> of you, and you haven't done a lick of work in a year. Do you
> >> think you could read them all and then get your job done in ten
> >>
> >In the above I wrote: " The original only has to take the
> >time to read the "lessons learned" notes and go pack bags for another
> >two weeks vacation." So after each vacation I would take the time to
> >read the lessons learned. Every now and then, I might read something
> >in the "lessons learned" that I would want to repeat myself
> OK, but there remains the question of your relative productivity after
> having spent a year reading lessons learned notes, but only having >
> done a few sample tasks.

I still have not said this as clear as I want to so let me give it one more try. Uploads could use creative ways to reduce or eliminate mundane work but only in so far as it was truly mundane. I might find in the "lessons learned" for example, a request for me to return to the cyclotron to repeat a particular beam position for myself because the knowledge gained from this experience is greater and takes less time than reading about it.

> And there is the question of how low the wages
> for routine work would fall. The field of upload labor economics is
> wide open :-).

Yes, I guess I forgot to realize the wages for mundane work will fall to the floor even for highly skilled experts. So I guess I couldn't quite return to vacation. But the point of the subject holds. The more I think about the economic ramifications the more I realize what you mean by "wide open". "My brain hurts a lot" David Bowie

Joe Jenkins

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