From: James Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jun 13 2001 - 18:07:55 MDT
Thank you, I was going to use that as a point myself.
A SI would certainly have a huge collection of knowledge & facts that
humanity does not yet know. Now, by carefully selecting which information
to give to a person, it could be quite easy to motivate them to do specific
things. Reading "Staring Into the Singularity" probably had a significant
impact on your beliefs and expectations of the future, and that wasn't even
written by an SI. So I have very little doubt that an SI could fairly
easily (for them) convince a human of just about anything, regardless of if
they are in the same room, over a phone, over a VT100 or even via email.
Haven't posted for awhile, but I'm still here. Just been very busy trying
to get a new venture funded (what a pain)...
At 03:53 AM 6/13/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>On Tue, 12 Jun 2001, James Rogers wrote:
> > I'll have to agree with the other poster who found this to be an absurd
> > proposition.
>Evidently none of you have ever fallen in love by just talking to someone
>on the other end of the world. Humans tend to be sociable and naively
>trusting, just in case you haven't noticed. In fact, I'm willing to bet
>that a lot of people on this list have gotten into the whole transhumanist
>business by sitting in front of a terminal.
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