Re: Controlling AI (was: Thinking about the future...)
Thu, 29 Aug 1996 18:23:25 -0400

In a message dated 96-08-26 14:06:09 EDT,Stephen writes:

>What if you invented an algorithm which is crucial to the workings of
>a very succesfull a-life organism which is set to replace humanity.
>A meme you have created will be immortal, and the father-mother of a
>new era in evolution. Do you want to live on through your genes, or
>your memes ?

In this case I have to ask, how can one"live on" by one's genes?
You die, the kids live. It is gratifying certainly - but.... hardly

Now, living on thru one's memes is how artists have long been
"immortalized" and we all know (check out poor Van Gogh) that's a bit of a
drag... especially since the profits usually go up exponentially after you

My ideas about 'living on' are a litle more ego-centric! I want to be
alive when I am immortal.