Good Evening Supershadow.
Thank you for your nice letter. I would reply to your mail privately but I know that your email address is probably not the one you would normally use, so I have to resort to this method.
You have raised a few points and I think it only fair of me to set your mind at rest.
In this new year I have documented some observations, in the context of various posts you have made in the previous quarter since our last correspondence. I have re-noticed a pattern in your writings, a subconscious crying out " no one understands me" and an underlying (but subtle) desire for immortality in this autumn of your existence. You lash out at that which you think will bound you, such as protective legislation. you fear constraint. You are like a mountaineer attempting to untangle a tangled rope but only making the problem worse.
I am a little baffled at this "no one understands me" bit. I think my problem lies in people understanding me only too well. Maybe you are confusing this with "people don't agree with my ideas" which I'm sure is something you have experienced yourself? As for immortality – fucking forget it. I'm quite happy to shuffle off this mortal coil when my appointed time comes.
Protective legislation? You honestly and seriously think that is a good thing? Restrictive legislation is more like it. Suppose they brought out a law banning Star Wars [Not as daft an idea as some of the crap they have put out]? Would you see that as protective legislation? Heh!
grandad if you could ever stretch you existence to 2045 the last thing you need is stress. I have met with ray kuzweil personally last week at sky walker ranch in California. (lucas will be 71 next year and he has been particularly worried about his mortality-so he arranged it)
I learned of Kurzweil's true reasons for eternal life during our conversation(he opened up after a bottle of wine).
Maybe I will live until 2045. I'd be 95 and probably sitting in a corner pissing and shitting in my britches [lovely thought] but it is well within the realms of possibility. However you have me wrong again – I have no desire to cheat death whatsoever. Why on earth would I want to?
Incidentally, I have a pal like you friend Kurzwell. He spouts a lot of rubbish after a good feed of drink too. We are sensible though and just ignore him.
Despite the fall of religion in the western world, kurzweil, even though he is a futurist and atheist, has a fear of judgment by a supreme entity in the next life. cheating death is the dream of many an old man and kurzweil wants to make sure this day never comes.
His reasons are different from lucas's reason: Lucas fears 'never been known' Lucas spent his whole life 'being famous' for the star wars films.
death is a 'final frontier' these men have no desire to travel to grandad. Lucas fears 'not being remembered' , kurzweil fears an angry God.
An atheist who fears God? An interesting concept.
Tell your friend Lucas that being famous isn't all it's cracked up to be. And seeking fame as a goal in itself is the sign of an incredibly shallow and feeble mind. He should learn to trust in himself and grow some balls. If my grandchildren remember me I shall be more than happy!
What do you fear grandad? – judging from your writings, reading between the lines, it is a combination of both.
The plan by 2045 (when the technology will be ready) is to upload their brains in to a super scalar supercomputer. the system would create an avatar body(s) using nanobots.
Lucas and Kurzweils virtual bodies will be as detailed and convincing as real bodies.
Boredom will be held at bay as the whole universe will be there to be explored.(virtual and real).
The virtual world will be like a heaven on earth as i.e. virtual lightbulbs never blow
There are risks of copying and virus infection. kurzweil believes that an uploaded brain needs virus scanning.
I honestly don't fear anything. I have a clean conscience so angry gods don't bother me. If there is a god up there that I have pissed off unintentionally then that's his problem, not mine. I crave neither fame nor immortality. I am quite happy to be forgotten [except maybe by my grandchildren].
Your reference to virus scanning would imply that somehow Microsoft are involved with this future technology? If so, then mankind is truly fucked. Have you thought of using Linux?
So why does this concern you grandad?
well not everyone will get the treatment. non conformists and rebels will not be allowed to evolve.
You are very lucky that despite your nonsense I have a strange soft spot for you.
Strangely, I have a soft spot for you too.
This new year is an opportunity to give up smoking and drinking if ever you want to stretch your live to the the target date.
Kuzweil and lucas take over 150 (200 in lucas case) vitamin tablets to hold out long enough for 2045.
Now you're having a laugh! Give up smoking and drinking? Jayzus but the rest of my life would be an eternity then.
You need to warn your friends that taking all those vitamins could be harmful. A vitamin overdose is not a pretty thing, but the pharmaceutical companies must love them?
So stop worrying about the future Supershadow. Carpe Diem, as they say. You never know – you might enjoy life then instead of worrying yourself into an early grave.