Re: Multiple Personalities

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 03:06:09 +0100 (MET)

On Fri, 1 Nov 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> At 23:52 11/1/96 +0100, you wrote:
> >I prefer the transhuman version
> >(MPE, Multiple Personality Enhancement?).
> >
> >For a fictional treatment of MPE, see Walter John William's _Aristoi_,
> >where practically all people have AI-supported independent
> >subpersonalities doing multitask work.
> Are you speaking of the concept of a person playing multiple roles?

That is the first step, I have a transhumanist friend who actually has
developed three "interface" personalities to deal with different roles.

A deeper version would be different *real* personalities that you can
shift between as needed, perhaps with different skills and worldviews. It
would also be useful if they could co-exist mentally, to give advise and
discuss problems.

The last possibility is closest to _Aristoi_: the daimons (as the
subpersonalities are called) have different roles and skills. For example,
Gabriel (the protagonist) has a logical and scientifically minded daimon
called Horus, Spring Rain is manipulative and social while Psyche is pure
poetry. So when Gabriel wants to develop a nanosystem, he puts Horus on
the job while he, helped by Spring Rain, converses with some VIPs and
another daimon deals with incoming mail.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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