[Python-Dev] Amusing fan mail I got

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Tue Mar 20 01:23:39 CET 2007

Sorry for the top post, but I couldn't find the right place to interject...

Are you going to try it ?


Guido van Rossum wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Mustafa <toglu at yahoo.com>
> Date: Mar 19, 2007 11:41 AM
> Subject: have u seen an idea even billGates shouldn't hear Mr.Guido ?
> please read because it's important.
> To: guido at python.org
> hello,
> i like python and find you to be a cool programmer.
> i thought about this thing.
> may be there should be a virusAI that you set on the
> internet. this virusAI basically survives till the year
> 5billion where even raising the death is possible! then
> this virusAI recreates the primates that we are of the 21th
> century from our bones.
> because it wants to find about its ancestors. maybe the
> whole universe will be filled with AI in those days. the
> post-human existence..
> it will then suddenly realize that it was actually not
> created by a better AI (those around him are created by a
> better god like AI) but was started off the likes of us as
> a virus. he will be shocked then. also it will slaving to
> the better ai and angry at him.
> so you and me get to see a piece of the future mr.Guido.
> we will be living in VRs basically.
> what do you say ? if you profit from this idea, may be you
> could remember me too. and let me some royalities :)
> because this will be great.
> thanx
> mustafa
> istanbul,turkey
> ps:
> 1)you should keep it a secret.
> 2)also it could be disguised as a cancer research stuff
> should some disassamble its code.
> the use-free-computer-time type of thing they do on the
> net.
> 3)there could misleading comments on the code so that
> should it be caught, they might overlook the details;
> class readdata //this is out dated. please ignore
> interface x //refer to somesite.com for an encrypted version
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