UPLifting octupuses: With human families?

Twink (neptune@mars.superlink.net)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 19:18:37 -0500 (EST)

At 10:59 AM 11/21/97 +0100, Anders Sandberg <asa@nada.kth.se> wrote:
>Maybe young octopi could grow up with humans instead of other octopi?
>I have been thinking about one assumption we seem to be making in this
>discussion, that the uplifted species should be essentially "animal X
>+ intelligence + with its own culture". That is nice, but even the
>least invasive forms of uplifting would add a lot of human stuff to
>the animal, and likely result in a mixed culture. So why not accept
>that and try to create uplifted species intended right from the start
>to be integrated in "human" culture (which by the time they are smart
>enough will likely be barely recognizable to us mehums); the
>sophoctopi would not be entirely octopodian, but neither would they be
>purely human - they would be a mixture.

An outstanding idea! However, first we have to start the uplift. The first
few generations, I bet, will not be smart enoguh to be called sentient. It
will require much effort.

Daniel Ust