Reading through Panopticon and the history of uplift projects as done by transhumanity, the methods used struck me as (and are admitted to be) an easy way around the problem. Brute force, a shortcut.
One concept I love out of the premise of Uplifts is the idea of the ‘alien at home’ - these creatures we aknowledge as earth-born kin, but really know diddly squat about.
‘Do cetaceans have language and culture? What is it like?’, ‘What values would a non-human earthling have?’ and similar ideas could easily be played with - and are in other fictions like the Uplift novels.
Basically I’m wondering what kind of concepts, memes and ideas might come out of an Uplift project that decided to try cultivating Uplift along the ‘long path’ - deliberately cultivating existing intelligence to establish shared language/learning paths and understanding - rather than using the ‘brute force’ methods transhumanity resorted to pre-fall.
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