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Forum: GURPS Today, 02:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,110
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: TL8 Computing

No doubt. The mobile convenience, access to information as needed, and other advantages of cell phones, together with the loss of privacy and various social downsides, all add up to a major thing.
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Forum: GURPS Yesterday, 11:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,180
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: How much does Xenophilia overrides self-preservation instincts?

Yeah, but if 99% of all your interactions with members of Group A have been negative, and almost every account you've heard from others of interactions with members of Group A are seriously negative,...
Forum: GURPS Yesterday, 10:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,180
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: How much does Xenophilia overrides self-preservation instincts?

Even that, though, can be disadvantageous under some circumstances. For ex, someone like your description might easily get 'played' while in enemy hands, either demonic or human. One of the iron...
Forum: GURPS Yesterday, 10:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,110
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: TL8 Computing

But the reasons for that were fairly concentrated. It's an error to confuse the long time it takes for sometimes to finish with the time it takes for the initial event that causes it to happen. The...
Forum: GURPS 02-19-2018, 11:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,110
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: TL8 Computing

We don't have any idea what the brain's raw computing power is. It's not clear that it's even a meaningful measurement in that context.
Forum: GURPS 02-19-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,110
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: TL8 Computing

Someone once asked Steve Wozniak when software would be as reliable and efficient as hardware, and he replied to the effect that it would happen when hardware improvement leveled off, removing the...
Forum: GURPS 02-19-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,110
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: TL8 Computing

Compared to the social transitions from nomadism to agriculture, the mechanization of agriculture (which moved us from a society in which over 50% of every society worked in agriculture one way or...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-19-2018, 10:33 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,192
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

But the 'test cities' is the exotic concept. Otherwise, as you say, it's ordinary meritocracy and doesn't fit the thread concept.
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-19-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,192
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

I actually suspect that this sort of situation has a lot of real-world precedent, not as an 'official' practice but as something that emerges as some other system gets corrupted. Not necessarily...
Forum: GURPS 02-17-2018, 01:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,249
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Crystal sword...

A common trope in fantasy fiction is a sword-blade made of transparent crystal. In practical terms, what transparent material might actually serve as a viable, practical sword blade? Not...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-17-2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 701
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Avoiding Intollerance in a Post-BioEngineering Setting

I also suspect that, esp. with mental traits, there's always going to be a high 'unintended consequence' factor. That is, a high risk that what looks like a trivial or minor effect is actually...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-16-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Reactions to Transhuman Space

This is one of the ongoing debates about the setting, in fact. The AIs aren't displacing everybody and everything else, but it's not clear that they shouldn't be, logically, given their abilities...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-16-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,689
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: The best Transhuman scii-fi novels?

It's the same underlying impulse, or core concept, yes. Transhumanism is its latest incarnation, but the underlying desire/fear is exactly the same.



Now, it's fair to note that transhumanism...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-16-2018, 01:44 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,689
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: The best Transhuman scii-fi novels?

Yeah, but the underlying concepts of transhumanism are old. Whether they are assumed to work through psionics or not isn't really important.



But without any assurance of anything joyous or...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-16-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,689
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: The best Transhuman scii-fi novels?

There's a story for which it is a debatable question as to whether it should be called 'transhumanist' or not, but it certainly includes themes that overlap with transhumanist ideas.

That story is...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-15-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 701
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Avoiding Intollerance in a Post-BioEngineering Setting

The trouble is that tolerance or its lack are not so much single traits as whole complexes of traits, some of them good traits in some contexts. You could mess with the genes to reduce a tendency...
Forum: GURPS 02-12-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 628
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Updated Rules for Planetary Creation

What's just as interesting, to me, as the orbital dynamics and distributions of a star system is the elemental composition of the components. For ex, there is talk that there might be 'carbon'...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-12-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,646
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Is TS optimistic or pessimistic?

Yeah, and if you have a decent source of He-3 at hand, once you can use both reactions He-3 wins. But if you have to process megatons of Lunar regolith to get it, or go all the way out to Saturn,...
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-11-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,646
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Is TS optimistic or pessimistic?

It's dangerous to make predictions, esp. about the future.
Forum: Transhuman Space 02-11-2018, 11:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,646
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Is TS optimistic or pessimistic?

The fusion power might or might not happen. Compare the improvement in efficiency for things like internal combustion engines and rocket engines from 1900 to 1982 for an example of what sort of...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-08-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Surprising unbalance....

I've asked about this sort of thing before, but it's a subject that always interests me. For GMs, I'm curious, what is the most harmless-seeming, or silly-seeming, PC power, item, skill, background,...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 02-08-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,192
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Rule by duel: A hereditary aristocracy, but with a twist: any commoner can challenge any noble at any time to a formal duel, to the death, and if the challenger wins he wins the title and estate...
Forum: GURPS 02-07-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,418
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Medium Dependent Intelligence, Uncopyable Intelligence, and Transhumanism

There again, though, it's dangerous to generalize from a single sample. We don't really know what consciousness or related phenomena even are, and our only working example of a full-bore sapient is...
Forum: GURPS 02-07-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,418
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Medium Dependent Intelligence, Uncopyable Intelligence, and Transhumanism

No, though you'd certainly have weakened arguments against the existence of such (broadly defined). For one thing, there's no way to establish with certainty that you're perfectly simulating all...
Forum: GURPS 02-07-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,418
Posted By Johnny1A.2
Re: Medium Dependent Intelligence, Uncopyable Intelligence, and Transhumanism

Lots of things are possible in principle that don't work in practice, for a whole slew of potential reasons.
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