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G Gordon Worley III

The Different View of IA said

So, here I am, in the ancestral environment. I’m amongst a tribe of about 150 humans. They live close together and can spy on each other fairly easily. While a few can hide a little, human societies work because you can’t go against society without some consequences, so there’s always someone sticking his or her nose into someone else’s business. One day Unk is caught not sharing the chicken he caught. Well, everyone knows that Unk’s family has gone without meet for a few weeks, so they let this pass. A few days later, he catches another chicken and again shares none of it. When he does this the third time, people are pissed. The solution: beat him. Maybe rape his wife and kill one of his children, too. Unk is upset and he fights a few of his neighbors and manages to bloody them a little. After that Unk is a good human and mostly gets along in society.
Now we take the Way Back Machine into the future (yes, we’re going negatively backwards):
So, here I am in the year 2015 where nanotech spy technology is everywhere. Just yesterday Knu (the great great great … great grandson of Unk — unless of course the village had managed to get his wife pregnant that time Unk did not share his chicken) was caught by his neighbors cracking the encryption on a DVC (digital video cube) and watching every Inspector Clouseau film without paying $5 a minute to the MPAA like all other good, god-fearing people do. Since the MPAA doesn’t know about this, his neighbors kindly decide to inform them. With the press of a button, the MPAA sends out nanobots to Knu’s home and has it liquidated. Literally.
Knu, soaking wet and pissed, is still fully capable, unlike his long dead relative Unk who was badly bruised and only able to throw a punch or two before a fight was over. Using the assembler at the nearby Kinko’s, Knu builds and sends out some nanobots to liquidate this neighbors houses to get revenge. But, as it turns out, Knu is not the best programmer, so his nanobots accidentally liquidate the Earth. The dolphins enjoy all the extra space (now they’re really thanking humans for all the fish :-P) but humans are dead or drowning.

G Gordon Worley III was the author of this article and is a PhD student at the School of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. He completed his BS in computer science at UCF from 2001 to 2004. He was awarded the 1996 Disney Dreamers and Doers Award and the 2004 Robert D. Kersten Fellowship. His research interests include graph theory (domination and probabilistic graph theory), quantum information theory, wikis, combinatorics, and theory of computation.
Gordon authored Programming with GPGME and GPGAppKit on OS X, Robot Oppression: Unethicality of the Three Laws, Applications of quantum message sealing, Bug shallowness in open-source, Macintosh software, Wikis in Tuple Spaces, Singularitarian Bootstrap Reading, Quantum Watermarking by Frequency of Error when Observing Qubits in Dissimilar Bases, and Relativistic Morality. Read the full list of his publications!
He is a member of the American Cryptogram Association, Association for Computing Machinery, Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society), and the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
Lifeboat Tidbit: Gordon writes his first name as the letter “G” with no period. This is because it is not an abbreviation. Due to clerical errors, his name is written in some (important) places as “G G Worley III” where other people have their full names. Because he’s not fond of his first name, George, he’s elected to use the formerly erroneous `G’ instead. However, he doesn’t have the option to be merely “Gordon Worley” because that’s his dad. So to avoid confusing the name space, he must add the “III”, and “Gordon Worley III’ lacks the poetic quality of “G Gordon Worley III”, so the latter is what he uses.