H Preserve?

Twink (neptune@mars.superlink.net)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 19:32:25 -0500 (EST)

At 10:20:17 25 Nov 1997 +0100 Anders Sandberg <asa@nada.kth.se> wrote:
>>and a slight error in judgement of a transcendent superbeing
>>could destroy the remaining humans ("Oops... my cleaning nanites have
>>just cleaned away the entire biosphere. What a mess. Let's hope nobody
>>notices..."), not to mention Eugene's scenario of the posthumans one
>>day deciding that carbon based life is so trivial and simple that
>>there is no need to preserve it outside virtual reality (or at all).

There is so much space, I don't think this is so. I want out of this
gravity well. Earth can left to preposthumans -- er, humans.:)
That might solve the accidental death scenario, provided the >Hs
buy onto it. I, for one, would not want to wait around to find out.
The universe is a big place...

The current problem is that humans who are preservationists --
whether religious fanatics, deep ecologists or what have you --
and who have enough tech, can wreak harm on the rest of us,
or, if we transcend, others of their species.

I am not a Whig. In other words, I do not think progress is
guaranteed. It seems unlikely to stop now, but the record of
human existence is one of cultural progress broken by long,
dark ages. Ergo, the sooner we can break the terrestrial
umbilical, the better.

Join us!

Daniel Ust