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bobthebuilder

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Go read this: ~79 pages
http://marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

Would like to discuss how the use of crypto-currency will impact this system. I have a few issues with his story and writing style, but overall it was an interesting prospect of the not to distant future.

The story really doesn't cover what would happen to all their worlds with one simple buffer overflow bug in the Manna system. Anyone with the knowledge in this world would most likely not suffer from the issues in the story and instead would be the techno-elite.

Also, how would you hide your crypto holdings in this kind of world when spending or converting to Gyft would prompt imprisonment.

Please discuss.  Your input is welcome if you have not or will not read the story too.
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Re: Discuss the short story "Manna" as it relates to cryptocurrencies
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2015, 10:35:28 pm »

Interesting premise, but like most distopia where "machines take over" - it tends to ignore certain aspects of human nature:

a) Creativity. People are capable of thinking and acting in unprecedented ways. Forecasts based on historical human behaviors are fundamentally flawed. This is so fascinating that most explanations tend to involve the supernatural.

b) Independence. People are capable of acting on their own, in small groups or in huge societies. Machines on the other hand are only capable of acting when connected (I'm yet to read a distopia full of "lone wandering robots"). In particular we can completely abolish large social structures, networks, etc and still have fun (ergo the fall of the roman empire).

c) Evolution. In the long term it's survival of the fittest (machines or people). The loop goes like this: mutation->hostile encounter->survival->reproduction. These are things the carbon life is naturally designed for. Participating in natural selection decreases individual efficiency (think that next time you turn head after a hot chick, or pick a fight with someone annoying). It's nevertheless imperative for the survival of the spices, and we (humans in particular) are extremely efficient when it comes to evolving.

Don't get me wrong - Silicone intelligence (aka AI) may come to existence. But it will only thrive if it occupies a space for which we (humans) don't compete. Yes, it will take away many jobs, but who wants to do chores anyways?. So we all gonna be rich (in housing, ice cream, pussy, etc things machines don't care about) and live in chore-free environment. Machines in return will get better attention from us (design, development, maintenance, etc). And we all gonna love each other. Until some small group of people says "basta" and pulls the plug ... why would they do it? - because of a) they may decide to exercise their b) ultimately serving the needs of c)
« Last Edit: January 08, 2015, 10:43:14 pm by kwilliams »
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