Re: Transhumanity and "inhumanity"

Randall Randall (
Sat, 31 Oct 1998 17:26:33 -0500 (EST)

den Otter wrote:

> Ah, but the beauty of future technology is that it can ultimately give
> the power of a whole nation, or even a world, to just one person. A Jupiter
> Brain is an army of philosophers, soldiers, scientists, artists and workers
> all by itself. It is autonomous. If a guy like Hitler can obtain the crucial
> technology to upload and expand before anyone else, or at least in the
> early stages of transhumanity, he *could* use it to kill/enslave everyone
> else without suffering any bad consequences. Those that will have these
> technologies first will almost by definition be the rich and powerful
> (the leaders of corporations and government agencies etc.)

Really? To the best of my knowledge, the rich and powerful do not spend a lot of time in laboratories. I am curious as to why you think that they would have access. Any of the arguments that you apply to show that they do not need the rest of humanity applies even more aptly to the scientists and engineers who *build* the technologies.