• Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I remember a talk where Flynn pointed out that in his story "Great, Sweet Mother," nothing was ever said about the gender of the protagonist or their intimate partner. And that was back in the early 90s. I've never understood...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Whew. Imagine being a passenger on this flight. You're on emergency oxygen. You see the cabin crew frantically trying to get through the door. They're not making much headway. The oxygen is running out. You know you're going to die...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Many of your criticisms seem valid; but I wonder if there's a silver lining. The mere existence of cryptocurrencies (not necessarily Bitcoin, but others with fewer problems), giving people alternatives, might force governments to be less intrusive in what they...
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    I don't think psychopaths are zimboes; they are supposed to be good at manipulating people, no? There's a distinction between "can't model others' minds" and "can model others' minds, but only does so in order to mess with them"....
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    It will create a large mass market for robotics, which means lots of money poured into the field, which means accelerated advances in the field, just as the markets for semiconductors and personal computers drove progress in those fields. And...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Well, there was that jolly little story by Kornbluth, "Friend to Man." Somewhat sympathetic to the parasite's viewpoint....
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    Well, we've learned that it is possible for a modern democratic state to not lose its shit in response to a rare but highly damaging terrorist incident. Norway did not curtail civil liberties, nor did its citizens start putting up...
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