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33 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 January 2009 05:28AM

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Comment author: JulianMorrison 13 January 2009 04:43:29PM 7 points [-]

the question I have to ask is "Will this drive more than 5% of my reading audience insane?"

If you have to ask that question, publish.

The "delete all the assumptions of childhood and sex and pedophilia" thing would be an easy gross-out with arguable merits ("I know Kung Fu!" style instant learning for full economic independence aged 3?), but I propose that general class of poke-the-taboo is a fourth, non useful direction, "modernarttopia". Suggestions should poke something the public isn't even aware is a taboo.

How about an economy based on the exchange and merging of mind states as currency? From the principle "I duplicate myself, we each own half as much" follows "we merge, I own as much as we both did" and perhaps "I split unevenly, my wealth splits unevenly". This seems like the ultimately most natural means of exchange. It's easy to visualize mind in 4D as a line segment now, a tree later, but this makes it into a DAG. At that point what would "identity" mean? (Could be very important and not at all the facile answer that "it would cease to mean anything").