Comment: Ok, there may have been some thatrics in that statment :)

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Ok, there may have been some thatrics in that statment :)

It was a rough morning. See, all the time I spent skill acquiring the lat 2 nights was lost because I forgot to push a stupid button and I hate it when internet buttons win.

I’m not saying he isn’t smart. He has accomplished some good things. I don’t even know that he is annoying. It’s not so much the search for immortality that bothers me as that has been going on since the dawn of man as you stated.

I don’t see why he is so set on getting everyone’s brains online for the whole world to access. Sure, in the beginning it might just be for fun and you won’t have to do it if you don’t want to, but you know as well as I do eventually everyone will have to upload their thoughts. It will not be an option. When that happens we pretty much lose any sense of individuality.

I’ve already run some of this by you, but here we go…

What will the point be in having an individual thought when you can just access everyone elses thoughts? What about governing bodies using this to control your thoughts and protect you from your thoughts?

What about the fact that my thoughts are mine and I don’t want them online for everyone to see or read?

Right now I am uploading my thoughts via this comment, however I am choosing what I upload and who I share it with. I also chose which thoughts of mine are private, or which thoughts can be shared but maybe I’d rather just share those on an individual basis via email or sent mail, or which ones go in the jam session where I am surrounded by regulars, or which ones go out here, or which ones go at goodreads and on and on….

Listen, I know you’re a socialist now that you have watched the super bowl….but communism doesn’t work Michael. And Kurzweil is clearly intelligent, but if he was part genius why doesn’t he realize a communal brain for all of humanity isn’t going to be a good thing.

My thoughts are not loud, competitive, or aggressive enough to stand a chance. The loud, aggressive, and competitive thoughts will rise to the top. And I will be there all alone, looking for Jaron Lanier who probably has an escape plan for this kind of nonsense (I wouldn’t know yet, I’m only a chapter or so in because I was so busy acquiring skills only for the internet to win because of the buttons, the buttons will get me every time…). And Mountaincat and has and the other jam session regulars, I think my thoughts could mingle well with their thoughts. I would look for your thoughts, but they will probably be in scary part of the internet that I won't want to go to lol. And your thoughts will be mingling with thoughts of brilliant genius type people, while my thoughts will be in fictitious books and whatnot...

On that note, I do know as you stated, none of it is going to stop, so I have been trying to enjoy the internet more over the past few years. I just don’t understand the fascination. I know you love it, that’s one of the many reasons I am wildly entertained by the fact that I enjoy our conversations so much. I don’t think we could be further apart in the world of internet stuff and science and technology, although you would clearly be lost without me on the internet, you would be listening to a lot less music and you wouldn't know how to make youtubes into tunes.... I also know it is your livelihood, but I have a hard time seeing the positives outweighing the negatives on the internet.

Like I said though, I'm not done with the Jaron Lanier book so maybe that will make me less frustrated by some of this, but do these guys not see the overwhelmingly obvious negative implications of what they are attempting?

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss