Re: Programmed Ignorance, Uploading & Speed Limits

Mark Grant (
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 16:10:09 +0000

On Sat, 21 Dec 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> True you can still have fun but can you really use doom or quake as a
> source of inspiration?

Well, someone wrote a series of 'Doom' novels, and there are a huge number
based on the D&D universe ;-). Honestly, I'm not so sure about programmed
environments like 'Doom', but I could certainly see people getting
inspiration from software which could, say, generate a new universe from a
choice of physical laws.

> Yes but would they really want to? What would they have to offer that more
> advanced uploaded beings wouldn't have access to? Another thing, I refer to
> AIs as uploaded or digital beings because this helps present them as
> 'people' rather than 'processes'.

What do rich people today get from the poor? They pay them to do the work
that the rich either don't want to do or don't have time to do. Even if a
rich AI is a thousand times faster than a poor AI, it can still double its
effective processing power by hiring a thousand slower AIs to work for it.
They also gain security, because they can stay safely at home and pay
slow AIs to do dangerous work where they might pick up viruses or data
corruption. Actually, this is one of the story ideas I'm working on at the
moment ;-).

[Sorry, I'm sticking to AIs because it's easier to write 8-)]


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