Re: Programmed Ignorance, Uploading & Speed Limits
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 16:32:02 -0500

In a message dated 96-12-18 23:12:57 EST, you write:

<< The elite would have the highest processing speed and the poor
would have low processing speeds. It would be very nearly impossible to
contact someone with a higher speed than you which means that the poor
would have a more difficult time climbing to the top and have to steal
timeslices. (Am I going a little too far?) >>

Communicating in real time might be difficult but the uploaded have not would
still be able to publish its ideas. In this way it could possible work its
way up.

Uploads would probably desire a physical body of some kind. In this case,
those with higher processing speeds would be better able to control multiple
bodies. They would build up wealth and control more bodies. The poor could
do this but it would take more time. The same is true of our society today.

My personal view is that individual identity will cease to have meaning in a
world of uploads. Communication between individuals could be so complete
that one could not tell where one ends and the other begins.

Dan Hook