Re: Daedalus: (was Re: Think of a name and win $100!)

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 04:53:47 -0500

Keith Elis wrote:
> Arjen Kamphuis wrote:
> > LS!
> >
> > We need your help in finding a good name.
> > Something in Latin (or Ancient Greek perhaps).
> > Something that will be clear to the public.
> > Something that will be easy to remember.
> > Something great like Extropy or Excedo (but different).
> > Something that will stand the test of time!
> > (at least until the Singularity)
> >
> Has anyone suggested the name "Daedalus"?
> I've always thought it was an intriguing name to begin with, but in terms of
> transhumanism, it has some significance. As most schoolkids are familar with,
> Daedalus was the mythic Greek scientist who, while imprisoned by King Minos on
> Crete, fashioned wings of wood and wax for himself and his young son to escape
> to freedom. The parallels with transhuman technology are pretty clear, but the
> story also reminds us that it is possible to become intoxicated by our
> technological freedom, and behave irresponsibly (the story of Icarus). This
> seems to blend nicely the desire to free ourselves from normal existence and
> the need to keep ourselves accountable to ourselves.
> Plus it's Greek.
> Plus it's clear to the public.
> Plus it's easy to remember.
> It has no "ex-" anywhere in it.
> And it's stood the test of time thus far.
> Only problem is, it's so recognizable, that I bet somebody's used it already.
> But hey, better an enemy outside the fold than within....

The only thing I don't like about it is that Deadalus failed...

Prometheus is more apt, but taken by the cryonics people.

I would suggest Arcadians or Hesperians....

			Michael Lorrey
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