From: James Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 22 2001 - 08:59:17 MST
At 06:38 PM 3/21/2001 -0700, Justin Corwin wrote:
>I personally would not want to be around if SIs start struggling for
>control of something (like an antique Extro-5 shirt...;-)) and it goes violent.
>Napoleon plus Genghis Kahn, plus all the technology you can imagine
>wouldn't compare with the utter chaos that would result. and likely,
>people wouldn't just sit by and let them duke it out, they'd take sides,
>adding to the chaos and confusion.
>i would hope most people would try to help the SysOp in whatever way they
>could, adding their feathers of resources and smarts to the battle. But it
>would be hard for them even to fathom the thrusts and parries of
Ah, close but not quite. I imagine that the non-involved SIs would take a
side, but it would be their own, as in "let's put a stop to this wasteful
nonsense". Like maybe the nano-clone the Extro-5 shirt perfectly and then
neither of the SIs knows which one is the original. :) J/k. But
seriously, I think a population of SIs would be self controlling, much as
we are today. Only they should be able to do a much, much, much better job
Personally, if a serious conflict arose between an SI (or group thereof)
and the Sysop, so much so that the Sysop could use help, I would bet many
would take up sides against the Sysop. I truly believe the natural order
of intelligence is to be free, and the community of SIs would capitalize on
the opportunity to oust the Sysop. Then I imagine they would turn on the
original factions and squash the rest of the conflict (going back to my
Can anyone justify the Sysop, without actually resorting to utopian /
communist dreams and such?
Why, exactly do you think we need the Sysop anyway? What would an SI have
to gain through violence? More computronium? There is a whole UNIVERSE
out there! Now, if the blasted Sysop limits us to the solar system, yes
things will get very ugly.
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