Re: Transhumanism and Macro Human Behavior

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 25 Dec 1996 09:37:57 -0500

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:
> > It is like the concept of the rich getting richer and the poor getting
> > not so rich. They aren't getting poorer, they just aren't geting more
> > rich as quickly as the really rich are. The bell curve of humanity is
> > expanding to a greater and greater technological and memetic spectrum,
> > where we will soon have on one planet individuals whose entire existence
> > will occur on a computer, and individuals who have never seen a digital
> > watch. Individuals whose personal net worth will be calculated in
> > planets alongside people who only own the rags on their backs and the
> > camel they ride.
> ...for a maximum of fifteen seconds. Does the word "charity" mean
> anything to you? If my net worth was calculated in planets, the people
> who own only the rags on their backs would be off the streets so fast it
> would make your head spin. Moore's Law, Moore's Law, Moore's Law: When
> your reality fits inside your computer, even the scraps double every two
> years. My wristwatch is more powerful then ENIAC: If there are poor in
> the future, which I sincerely doubt, they'll live better than Bill
> Gates.
> --

Eliezer you are erroneously assuming that all the "poor" would want to
be saved. I read a recent article on the nomads of the Sahara, who are
happy in their rags and have no intention of getting anywhere near a
computer or an airplane.


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