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    Thread: Topic Update - Groupminds
Post: RE: Topic Update - Groupminds

I think "acausal groupminds" should be called "stigmergic groupminds". Stigmergy is indirect communication and coordination by means of modifying data structures in the environment - like ants using p...
syzithryx Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 8 106 06-22-2022, 10:34 AM
    Thread: An opened ended thread on how OA inhabitants answer questions about group minds
Post: RE: An opened ended thread on how OA inhabitants a...

How exactly is a transapient *different* from a hive mind? It seems to me like it is the same thing, just purposefully organized and usually composed of modified copies of one individual, rather than ...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 65 516 04-11-2022, 08:48 AM
    Thread: Self-provolution seems like it should be a thing
Post: RE: Self-provolution seems like it should be a thi...

Well, the main way humans differ from other apes is our large neocortex, which neurologists suspect is just a bunch of processing units performing the exact same function in massive parallel - a funct...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 3 66 08-17-2021, 12:40 AM
    Thread: Self-provolution seems like it should be a thing
Post: Self-provolution seems like it should be a thing

I've always thought that the most natural method for provolving any species would be having members of the species do it themselves. I don't mean in the sense of handing off control of the provolving ...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 3 66 08-16-2021, 07:33 AM
    Thread: (Deep breaths) "Clades", limitations and possible solutions
Post: RE: (Deep breaths) "Clades", limitations and possi...

I've always assumed clades are simply composites of mindtype and culture, with common ancestry (biological and cultural), who tend to choose to live in particular bodies traditionally associated with ...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 35 448 08-16-2021, 07:07 AM
    Thread: To Be 'Immortal' in Y11k
Post: RE: To Be 'Immortal' in Y11k

One idea I've had is that there might be a subculture dedicated to much slower personality change, wherein people keep backups of prior versions of themselves, making a new one maybe once a year, or o...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 14 197 01-02-2021, 09:19 AM
    Thread: What do property rights in the Terragen Sphere look like?
Post: What do property rights in the Terragen Sphere loo...

I'm aware that each polity must have its own laws about such things, but I'm asking more abstractly about how people in the civilized galaxy think about the idea of property, what variety of views the...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 2 63 12-27-2020, 01:52 AM
    Thread: Quanta article implies making something like comms wormholes in a laboratory!
Post: Quanta article implies making something like comms...

https://www.quantamagazine.org/wormholes-reveal-a-way-to-manipulate-black-hole-information-in-the-lab-20200227/ I can't say that I fully understood this, though I know a lot of the references (such...
syzithryx Real Life But OA Relevant 1 1,338 11-19-2020, 12:15 AM
    Thread: Do we not bleed? What would be the sephirotic equilavent?
Post: RE: Do we not bleed? What would be the sephirot...

Do we not both have means by which to receive sensory input from and to manipulate our environment? Do we not both have physical embodiments, memories, thoughts, desires; rely on the same energy to po...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 9 102 10-14-2020, 07:27 AM
    Thread: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K
Post: RE: Cultural Groups and Conflicts in Y11K

To be honest, I doubt that it's possible to tell interesting stories with conflict in OA. It seems to me as if all conflicts would be smoothed over by archai or psychoware or the like before anyone is...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 27 340 08-09-2019, 07:01 AM
    Thread: What are the oldest continually practiced cultural traditions in the Terragen Sphere?
Post: RE: What are the oldest continually practiced cult...

Yes echammond, you're right, good point! Time ceases to be as meaningful when you can simulate the past with extreme realism. Every era of history about which any data continues to exist could easily ...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 8 107 08-02-2019, 10:59 PM
    Thread: What are the oldest continually practiced cultural traditions in the Terragen Sphere?
Post: What are the oldest continually practiced cultural...

I thought of this question this morning while watching the reality competition show Big Brother. It's been on basically the entire time I've been alive and seems to still be going strong - and I sudde...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 8 107 08-02-2019, 08:02 AM
    Thread: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other Meistersinger Lore
Post: RE: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other ...

I think that's a perfect idea and I would be entirely in favor of that!
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 32 770 07-29-2019, 11:31 AM
    Thread: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other Meistersinger Lore
Post: RE: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other ...

It is indeed extremely controversial. Some people think it's obvious (like me), others think it's utter madness. I think it's best, if we do put it in, to make it a rumor, not something definitely kno...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 32 770 07-28-2019, 12:51 AM
    Thread: Endgame
Post: RE: Endgame

I for one have a tendency to drop off for long periods of time, but mainly because I'm highly distractable and I get obsessed with stuff and forget my previous obsession. But I do occasionally look at...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 16 271 07-28-2019, 12:48 AM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

Basically yes, it is the architecture, not the substrate, that is important, to reply to omega_tyrant. Honestly, I think strong AI will not be possible to develop purposefully, at least by humans as w...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 35 355 07-23-2019, 08:53 AM
    Thread: Strong AI
Post: RE: Strong AI

I think the main problem in this controversy is the idea that there is a distinction between consciousness and the set of computational processes giving rise to it. There isn't; they are the same thin...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 35 355 07-23-2019, 03:07 AM
    Thread: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other Meistersinger Lore
Post: RE: Questions on the Deep Night Runners and other ...

I've never even heard of the Deep Night Runners before! That's very interesting - I'll have to read through the old threads about them at some point. This brings me the idea though - which may actuall...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 32 770 07-23-2019, 02:28 AM
    Thread: Endgame
Post: RE: Endgame

Yiwen Wrote: (07-18-2019, 09:10 AM) -- Dfleymmes1134 Wrote: (07-18-2019, 08:53 AM) -- You want the E.G. to talk about some sharks outside our cosmic tide pool? What kind of entities? You're welcome ...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 16 271 07-23-2019, 12:46 AM
    Thread: The Oracle Fragment - an OA project from Julia Harrison Studio
Post: RE: The Oracle Fragment - an OA project from Julia...

Glad to see this project is still going. And I like all of Drashner's ideas back on page five. Also: wow Karel is gorgeous. Promise me that when this is made into a movie you'll get Jason Momoa to pl...
syzithryx General Setting Discussion 52 1,050 02-17-2019, 05:42 AM