X-Message-Number: 31636
From: Mark Plus <>
Subject: Indefensible acceleration-speak
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 08:08:17 -0700

In Cryonet #31631, Kat Cotter passes along Dave Kekich's invitation about coming
as one's 2068 self based on the premise:

>Since the power of our technology is doubling every year now with no end in 
sight (at least over the next 50 years or so), our tools will be over 1000 times
more powerful in only ten years.

Sigh. Cryonicists who should know better need to stop saying this. We have 
enough credibility problems already. Unfortunately Ray Kurzweil and his fans 
continue to pollute the meme pool with their accelerationist nonsense.

I just flew to Tulsa and back on Boeing 737's, 300 series, a model airliner 
which first went into production in the 1960's. The more recently manufactured 
ones no doubt incorporate some significant engineering improvements (made 
possible partly by much more powerful computers, of course); but on the whole 
they get the job done, and at the same speed, just like the ones airlines flew 
40 years ago.

(And, of course, they still run on petroleum, despite the stories I've seen 
since the 1970's about the new fantasy fuels coming out on the market any day 
now derived from algae and such.)

My trip involved moving my 82 year old father with Alzheimer's into a better 
nursing home. (No, he's made it clear to me that he doesn't want cryotransport. 
Besides, my sister, also unfriendly to cryonics, has power of attorney over 
him.) I'd like to know how a "1000 times more powerful" anything would have made
a difference to him in the past 10 years, much less in the next 10 years which 
he probably won't complete.

"Around 2010 the world will be at a new orbit in history. . .  Life expectancy 
will be indefinite. Disease and disability will nonexist. Death will be rare and
accidental -- but not permanent. We will continuously jettison our obsolescence
and grow younger." F.M. Esfandiary, "Up-Wing Priorities" (1981).

Mark Plus

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