[LMB] Discoveries

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 06:57:02 BST 2018


The story you referred to is "Harrison Bergeron," by either Harlan Ellison
or Theodore Sturgeon.

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 11:58 PM Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

> On 9/30/2018 9:12 PM, WILLIAM A WENRICH wrote:
> > Another point, I have often said that I’m glad people don’t have
> > super powers. It makes the world a lot simpler and safer
>
> Eh. Taken literally and to extremes, as is often done in science
> fiction, that turns into that one dystopia story where everyone is
> handicapped so that no one is "better" than anyone else, and people too
> far below the norm are killed.
>
> I'm sort of looking forward to true generalist artificial intelligence,
> cybernetic brain-computer links and genetic engineering. Yeah, we need
> to develop some good ethics for developing it, and good ethics to teach
> to our "super-human" children and AIs.
>
> But not going for it would be sort of like hoping that your children are
> dumber and less capable, so they don't make you and the neighbors look bad.
>
> Heh. Makes me think of Heinlein's Lazarus Long advice about making all
> of the right monkey noises and wearing a fake monkey tail so that the
> other monkeys never realize you don't fit in with them.
>
> And now I'm wondering how much of human society is people doing their
> best to imitate what they think the right monkey noises are, never
> realizing how many other fake monkeys are in the group.
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