Re: If it's not AI, Nano, or Uploading Extropians Ignore it.

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 15:39:49 +0200 (MET DST)

On Thu, 17 Oct 1996, David D. wrote:

> Anders, I hope you won't take this the wrong way, but I've learned a lot
> from both your webpage and your posts here.

How could I possibly take that wrong? Thanks!

> If gene therapy for humans started at least by 1990, then wouldn't it be
> possible to use that technology for genetic re-creation. Example: If I
> had the money and the right doctor, could I isolate the "novelty" gene,
> whip up an elixir, shot it up (or perhaps inhale it in aerosol form), to
> give myself a "high" that made me want to pursue "novel" (or perhaps
> there's an extropian gene) ideas, ways and means?

The big problem is gene therapy - so far we haven't been able to whip up
the elixir, so to say. Most vectors are just virsuses able to change a few
cells at a time, and that is not very useful (at least not for the
"novelty" gene). Of course, with the right doctor and money, you could
still try it, but gene therapy in the brain is tricky (a modified rabies
virus with retroviral code? Chilling...).

> Until I hear otherwise I'm going to assume it's possible now, only no
> one's doing it.

No, not yet. But I think it is possible today to modify alleles in

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