Re: Why just simulation?

From: Mark Walker (
Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 11:25:28 MST

Robin Hanson wrote:

> This scenario requires at least this element of simulation: there
> must be a big "screen" around Earth or the solar system which
> shows what a universe would look like if it were not full of
> posthumans disassembling stars, etc. on a vast scale. Doing that
> well seems even harder than just running a simulation.
Agreed. At least in the sense that it seems way less energy efficient. But
since in either case we must imagine their robot minions doing the work it
is no skin off their nose. The main point in performing the material version
would be to overcome any ethical objections to "mere" simulations. Mark.

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