X-Message-Number: 11057
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 11:49:14 EST
Subject: Uploading

Hi All,

Just a thought re: the uploading of information, from a guy who does technical
writing for a living.

Could it be that, a few thousand years from now (should we live that long and
see that many SuperBowl games?) that we determine the need to erase or
eradicate some of our memories, in order to be capable of "living" life ...
again?  There may be times when having more than one version of "you" would be
ideal, in fact, as you can reference their memories in a more human, intuitive
manner than simply uploading them from a database and finding them embedded in
your memory.  I believe human interaction, and the need for us to become more
"real" will in the future have a greater meaning to us than it does now,
because the glamour and mystery of having instantaneous information transfers
uploaded to us will by then have long passed!  We'll probably seek to do
things "the old way", which currently we don't appreciate as much, in order to
preserve the meaning of having life and enjoying life to it's fullest.  After
all, at some point in time, when we can do "everything" conceivable with our
brains (interlinked with computers, download information, etc.), we'll
probably find it oddly unsatisfying, like downloading cheats for your favorite
video games.  (Needless to say, this doesn't apply to certain information
and/or topics which will be downloaded by mandate, like history files, safety
and security files, knowledge of physics, math, and basic medicine, etc).
Just some thoughts!


Kirk Simpson
Tech Writer
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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