Re: Art, Environment and Architecture(was)Extropic Flare In NY Art ,

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Thu, 23 Sep 1999 18:01:51 -0500

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > (PS if anyone has good references for images that deal with what
> > a city might look like after nan - let me know)
> Once nanotech is cheap and common, I would image that 90% of what
> is now done with above-ground construction will move underground.

[Taking place under the star of skepticism - you know my opinions about nanotech.]

Maybe, but if so, it'll look above-ground. In fact, it'll probably look like a savannah. There's a nice article in _The Adaptive Mind_ (thanks, Paul Hughes!) about how our landscape preferences evolved - it is, after all, one of the strongest selective forces around. Bright flowers indicate healthy land that can produce fruits, and so on.

If there ever really is a Vingean or Gibsonian "cyberspace", so that the computing world has a more native feel (I think it's a silly concept), I'm sure it'll come out as a savannah - it's what we're evolved to deal with, after all.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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