A lot of people are afraid of the (teletransportation paradox https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletransportation_paradox), which is where a teleporter breaks you down and then reconstructs you on the other side. Is that really you on the other end?
The promethean approach to AI integration somewhat avoids a similar conundrum - if you just scan your brain into an AI is the simulated brain still you?
For some reason people don't have as much of an issue with (slow transitions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus). If you slowly integrate yourself with a machine until you are all machine, perhaps there is no harm done. Maybe the Promethians have thought of this.Go to Comment
This is a good article, makes me want to write some Okelai about a cosmic era family. I love the shout you gave to Gengis Khan...the most successful human male since Adam.
This is really well written, the voice is solid, the asides are kept as asides...really nice article, nice format, and most importantly fun ideas.
1) Cybertronians: how does family work with them, do they have souls (should I be worried about Starscream's ghost and can Arcee and Springer have a babybot?)
2) Value of children. I read a lot of history, and one the conceits that most historians make is the we must assume that people loved their children in the past just as much as we do now. While I am sure this is true, I think this looks over the fact that I think modern western society may value children more than historical western society. We rarely hear about "bad children", but we do hear about bad parents. Question, how much does the society-full recognition that their are different cultures in the CE-value children. Where do they put the weight of family responsibility?
3) Education and Career Choices: I may have missed this, but does the Monolithic and personalized education program attempt to respond to the perceived economic needs of the society. For example if the society needs welders (not likely in the CE, but bare with me) do the VR teachers try to push more kids to technical programs and away from academic or creative careers. How much choice does one have in choosing a career assuming you have the talent? How good are the educators at predicting and directing career path based on the pyscho/genetic analysis of the student?
I didn't proof read this, I am sorry.Go to Comment
An excellent example of a fleshed out world view. Useful, insightful, and presents challenging, self-consistent dilemmas. Even a little harrowing, considering what the human race is moving towards.
Note: German words with umlauts are written with an appended 'e' when you don't have access to the double dots. So, "haesslich" would be proper. I do love the etymology embedded in your word-choices and the terms you create.
The choice of having a tangible soul is a good one for role-playing games. It certainly adds meaning and the potential for high-stakes game events.Go to Comment