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Nov. 5th, 2008 | 08:53 am

When reality (like anti-gay initiatives) gets me down, I retreat to my own special type of fantasy.

There's a variety of super-science that I could occupy my time developing. I need to keep my brain occupied on something to keep the depression at bay.

So, Here's your chance to vote what kind of mad scientist I should be.

What's the best bit of super science I could try to create.

God-like super-intelligent AI
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Software, electronics, and gene therapy to evolve into a more advanced life form.
1(5.6%)
technology to copy human-level consciousness to computers, (because people who believe in souls are less likely to like this singularity)
2(11.1%)
Software to design closed ecosystems
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Tools to help with rational design of bioengineered organisms.
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Off-world human colonization.
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... orbital mass drivers (Mwahahaha, I will demand one million kilos of gold!)
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near human level AI with self-replicating robotics that can colonize off earth.
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Improve understanding of how the brain works, by further mapping the genetic regulatory systems
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floating cities (they're like off-world colonies, but with more free air, but unfortunately closer to crazy people.).
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Ticky-box, developing self-ticking
1(5.6%)


I have ideas on how to make progress on many of the above ideas. Technically my hobbies currently look like idea #2 in the form of intelligence augmentation software. My day job running the sequencers and writing support software for decoding genetic regulatory networks (idea #9).

I have some ideas how to the state of AI, though I don't think there's any way of predicting how smart it'll be until after developed.

The ocean colony idea came from glancing at The living universe foundations rough plan for trying to colonize space.

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from: aerynvale
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Just so long as the god-like AI is programmed with a rule to not enslave or destroy humanity for its own good. c.c

Also your idea about self-replicating machines to colonize other worlds is similar to a story idea I came up with. My friend wanted to make a cartoon so he asked me to come up with a plot and characters. I did a lot of work on the concept but we're both flakes who can't concentrate so it never went anywhere else.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Saturn's Children is similar. It's about the human-like robots who've colonized the solar system after the humans went extinct.

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from: aerynvale
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh neat. And hey, Charles Stross. He wrote Glasshouse, which I read this year and enjoyed immensely. I might have to check out your recommendation. Thanks. :)

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from: aerynvale
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Also, I'd like to quote panjianlien, who said this so much better than I ever could.

Think about the war and not the individual battles. Think about the distance we've come in a very short time.

And think about the great big glistening potential for a huge motherfucking legal case.

Precedent makes it pretty damn clear that this cluster of issues, like so many others of similar nature, are destined for Supreme Court Land. This is, however unsettling in the short term, how we get it there. And frankly, many of the decisions in state supreme court cases made in the wake of Lawrence v. Texas, e.g. State vs. Limon in Kansas and Martin v. Ziherl in Virginia, are going to make it very difficult for the Supremes to turn around and say they had their fingers crossed when they ruled on Lawrence.

The law is always reactive. It's the nature of the beast. It's going to take more than a few rounds.

Yes, disappointing. Infuriating is the word I have been using.

But damned if I don't think we'll get there anyway.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
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It would also be nice if there was some punishment for the yes on 8 campaign for all the lies they kept repeating, they also kept re-using peoples images even after being told no.

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from: aerynvale
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, totally. In fact there needs to be accountability built into political campaigns to put a stop to that nonsense as much as possible. People do nearly anything because they know it'll make a difference in the time during the campaign, and they'll just deal with any repercussions later with an army of lawyers. The penalties for that shit need to be swift and severe, IMO.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Or each time you violate the law it invalidates x% of the votes in your favor.

Also the no on prop 8 people still think there's up to 3 to 4 million more votes to count, so they're not calling it yet.

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
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What I want to know is:

....Why no love for the orbital mass drivers? They're so practical!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 5th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, they could be useful for putting things into orbit in addition to providing an environmentally friendly weapons system.

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It's French... bitch.

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from: vengeant
date: Nov. 6th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
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An environmentally-friendly weapon of mass destruction? Now that's progress!


Although, anything that kills lots of people could be considered to be helping the environment...

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John Tkalcich

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from: jmtkalcich
date: Nov. 7th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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If you can build a giant spaceship for traversing the galexy with loads of people maybe we can send all the useless people away in just one ship to "escape disaster" and then we can get some real work done.

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