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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 21:32:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: Michael Straight 
Subject: Re: (urth) Pinocchio vs. the Tin Man

On Wed, 25 Sep 2002, Jerry Friedman wrote:

> Funny, that wasn't my impression at all--I thought he wanted to become
> fully robotic--though he is in love or something with Jolenta.  Can we
> imagine a prosthetic-bearing bio in love with a chem wanting to become
> fully a chem?

Forget about the in love part, I think there are plenty of people who
would choose a super-strong, nigh-immortal robot body over a frail
biological one, even if one had to give up various human pleasures and

Greg Egan's _Diaspora_ imagines a future in which some people are
bio-modified, some are downloaded into and live in various "Mainframes,"
and some live with their minds downloaded into robot bodies.

So yes, some of us can imagine it.

	-- M.


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