Re: Programmed Ignorance, Uploading & Speed Limits

Chris Hind (
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 02:15:30 -0800

>> 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.

I suppose it's all based upon user-preference but I don't think I could
enjoy a virtual world as much if I knew I could easily tear it to shreds in
seconds with little effort. Hey, I just thought of something! Maybe the
life I'm currently living is just a uploaded environment I've created and
have switched on my Programmed Ignorance switch to enjoy and experience it.
Perhaps when we die, we're just exiting the program.

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

Perhaps we should invent a new term! How about DP (digital people)? Any
suggestions Anders?

"You cannot discover new oceans, unless you have the courage
to lose sight of the shore"

Chris Hind Upward, Outward, ACTION! (310-374-5543) Redondo Beach, CA
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