Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Nick Bostrom (
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 13:02:34 MST

Steve Nichols wrote:

> >1. The probability that we will never become posthuman is approximately
>This builds in too many assumptions. I for one think we already
>*are* posthuman, but not all of us realise it.
>Nick seems to follow the "posthuman must be entirely alien" school
>of thought ....

I'm using the standard definition of "posthuman". (See "The Transhumanist

>But logically I feel Nick is *wrong* ... since he fails to omit 4. That we
>could be the ancestors leading the original lives on which any future
>simulations are based!!!!!

I show that 4 has negligible probability.

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy
Yale University

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