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  1. Feb 2019
    1. ily to be distinguished in society, by the soundness of their understanding and the superi­ority of their faculties above the rest of mankind. The ascendant, which they acquire, gives a

      "the superiority of their faculties" makes them sound super-human, while the taste is said to be "distinguished in society." I'm sensing some tension here in how society and nature interact.

  2. Sep 2018
    1. Another approach to confinement is to build rules into the mind of the created superhuman entity (for example, Asimovs Laws of Robotics). I think that any rules strict enough to be effective would also produce a device whose ability was clearly inferior to the unfettered versions (so human competition would favor the development of the more dangerous models).

      The author points out that human competition, which thus far has driven the exponential development/advancement of technology, would drive developers towards the "unfettered versions." While I agree that it would likely be the case, I think it's possible that the author is underestimating how much of ourselves would likely end up in the superhuman. Aspects of humanity that were likely never intended to be in the superhuman, but will end up there inherently due to who is programming it.