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January 09, 2004

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Runde

There is nothing to gain with a group-mind "Borg" society. We need free thinkers. We need borgs too, but borgs will be borgs, as they are today. With nanotech, they'll at least be really powerful, well-connected functioning borgs. But we all love being individuals, as individuals get laid easier, and all beings with physical bodies in a certain state of health like getting laid.

Runde

Aaah, it'll just be like today, except that I won't have to go to the computer. Whenever I think of something, I have to go wikipedia it or google it to check what's been thought of before. The access will be the same. The demand will be the same: Your own brain's ability to remember, refine, reduce, recombine and finally re-sell the knowledge that you've taken in. I'm not sure I believe in creativity, but I DO believe in understanding things, swallowing and digesting things, and gulping them back up into other's waiting beaks, mixed with my own stomach acids. (when I make mistakes, that's when I use the word "creativity".) Nanotech in my brain ought to make me able to work out while googling, and to save interesting toughts and mail them. It will give the net addicts better-looking bodies, in particular if we can find a way to run "training program" on the little brain and "education program" on the linguistic/visual/abstract center at the same time.

And duh, nanotech will be cheaper than internet today anyway, (advanced, yeah, but probably also self-producing, in the long term, less logistics, and less hardware) so it will be a democratic development. And as for mind control: People could hack my mac and steal my thoughts today ... BUT THEY DON'T. Except google and gmail, who might be the beasts of the apocalypse.

Escape

I hope such a thing will never happen, although .. i think this is one of the next steps of technology, if not one of the actual steps. But if this happens ... it's kind of the end of freedom :) Did you saw any computer being free ? Of course, it would be nice to know a lot of things without the effort of learning but .. this is what a machine does. Think about how human relationships would be.

Tim

great science fiction but you lose all controls of the containment of our conciousness.Then we would be subject to manipulatable errant systems without protections.

Paul

WE ARE THE BORG. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. WE WILL ADD YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS TO OUR OWN.

Networked humans? Group Minds? Collective Conscienceness?

And what happens when the rich children have their internet connections in their head, and the poor children cannot afford them? The rich remain more imployable in better jobs and the poor become useless for anything else than common laborers.

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