The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 44 – Our Shared Future as Diminished Humanity

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 44 – Our Shared Future as Diminished Humanity

March 23, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Humanity: Will humanity lose a year of progress to coronavirus? 

Rick Rosner: The virus is in 195 countries now. A bunch of countries, all of the good countries – all the ones that aren’t stupid – are locking things down. I feel like engineering progress. Progress in medicine might all be suspended for a year or more, which sucks for people my age who were hoping to get in on the first immortality techniques. That’s might have been pushed another 18 months from us.

The end of the 21st century will be increasing amounts of brain-computer interface and progress in making minds less transient, encoding minds, encoding thought, with a push to preserving people’s minds passed the point of death/extending the various techniques people with resources, financial resources, can maintain their minds long – and then to people with fewer resources. Either by replicating their minds using add-on circuitry or external circuitry, or by devices that learn to emulate your thinking by being part of your thinking.

Basically, add-on brains, let’s say the last part of the 21st century will be the end of the era of add-on brains. You can add on capacities or give yourself a shitty whiff of immortality because the add-on will have picked up, like silly-putty. People used to use silly-putty to pick up newspaper print impressions by pressing it into it. Are you familiar with that?

Jacobsen: Yes.

Rosner: Silly putty is fun because it’s got all sorts of weird sheer aspects. It’s bouncy. Also, then you can smush it onto newsprint, it picks up images of the newsprint. We will have circuitry, by the end of the 21st century, that picks up your thought patterns, by being part of your thought if you make it part of your thoughts for long enough. So, even as your brain decays, your brain will still be able to do you thinking for you, even after your brain is gone.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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