Re: Alternatives to icky polluted snailmail, was Re: fighting Anthrax w/ Dr. Strangelove

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 16:18:21 MDT

Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> My proposal is driven by the recipient's desire to avoid handling paper
> mail when the sender sends it. By centralizing mail handling and then
> sending only images, the receiver gains a lot of benefits: The originals
> can be stored centrally, the interoffice mail is delivered more quickly,
> and mail handling can be automated. I would estimate that at
> least 90 percent of sealed mail could be delivered by image
> (If you've ever worked in the mailroom, please comment on this.)

The snailless office seems like a good idea, but in the end it only buys
time. Even as you try and figure out a way to conduct all business by
Internet, Microsoft employees are working long into the night, developing
a way to send anthrax spores as an email attachment under Microsoft

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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