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The "New Frontier" in Cyberspace: Wired at Work

New libertarians share a vision of a future in which new communication technolOgies will evolve to a state unimagined by those of us who do not follow computer science and cyberpunk fiction. As noted in the Introduction, this imagined future includes development of artificial intelligence (Le., teaching computers to act intelligently) to the point where it exceeds human intelligence (Kurzweil, 1999). If the mind can be modeled so that

its workings are better understood, one might eventually be able to store one's memory in a computer. One aspect of this vision is the desire to achieve immortality through disembodied intelligence. Another aspect is the hope that these downloaded minds could interact as a global consciousness, haring experience and human wisdom on a planetary scale Gordan, 1999).