Re: On Uplifting

Brian L. Fritz (
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 23:42:55 -0500

> > Third, the gains for the culture/memescape might be great. We get
> > the bonus of an added perspective. This is almost like using genetic
> > algorithmns to design bridges as opposed to human engineering. The
> > dog perspective on the world will help up to expand the limits of ours.
> I think this is a very good point.
> Then there is the technical aspect of uplifting: how do we do it? I
> have been thinking about the cruicial role of language in
> bootstrapping intelligence; maybe the addition of a more advanced
> language system to an uplift species would be a good start?

A mule is the offspring of a donkey and a horse. I've read some where
that a chimpanzee and a human are genetically closer than a donkey and a
horse. Wouldn't cross breeding humans with other primates qualify as a
form of uplifting? I think this would be technically possible right
now. Although it may be politically difficult.

Brian L. Fritz