I never really thought about how much the history of Western Civilization has conditioned us all to believe that no one ever sailed across oceans until Europeans started doing it in the late 15th century.
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How easy would it be for an Evil Genius to successfully con a bunch of rich old dudes into believing he really perfected the Singularity and get them to effectively turn over their wealth to him? But instead of actual uploads living in the Cloud, they're really just high-fidelity bots good enough to fool their relatives and the courts.
I think this is what they really mean when they say it's a trust economy. It's not some bullshit thing like a Klout score or something. It means that the only way you can get people to believe you is if they trust you, and it's no longer enough to just assert the privileges you think should be accorded to your stature. You have to earn trust.