Re: Uploading and Consciousness (was: electronic intelligence and ethics)

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Fri Feb 25 2000 - 15:03:18 MST

Michael S. Lorrey writes:

> I guess you missed my irony. I agree with you, but despite the fun logical tricks
> of people like John Clark, an upload created from a scan is NOT the same individual
> as the individual who was scanned.

How can you say that? You sure can't compare that to the Real
Thing(tm), because it's gone (the scan was destructive).

And in the hypothetical case you could create an exact clone, you're
of course know that it bifurcates (gives rise to two individua) as
soon as it is allowed to evolve (unless these are exactly synched
deterministic clones receiving exactly the same input, which is a
hypothetical in machina-only scenario).

This is all as clear as mud. I wonder what logical tricks you speak of.

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