Re: Lilliputian Posthumians

Emmanuel Charpentier (
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 20:10:05 +0000

Robin Hanson wrote:
> den Otter writes:
> >The nano-posthumans would all need to co-operate flawlessly
> >(be like-minded to a high degree) to be effective against an entity
> >that has the same computing power and mass, but a centralized
> >decision-making system (i.e. it only has to make up its own
> >mind).
> This sounds like an argument for centralized economic planning,
> which has not been too popular lately.

Moreover; I would add that the multiple beings have one HugE advantage over, however wise and intelligent and whatever you can think of as a realistic attribute, one and only one individual: the multiple points of view.

Even when a point of view is false, when parts of it include contrary beliefs, lies, redundancies, it's far more richer than one unique set of beliefs. An example: when a society of persons hold a belief contrary to its goals or its happiness, it's better than one individual set in the same kind of beliefs.