>Suppose the computer has redundancy internally so that everything is
>duplicated, two copies of each processor side by side, likewise for
>elements, communication circuits, etc. You are run on such a computer.
>Someone proposes to remove some element of the redundancy so that
>there will no longer be this internal duplication. Will this kill you?
Further to someone's point eariler that there are two points of view
involved here, mine and my double's:
Is it meaningful to speak of two POV's when we have two, carefully
synchronized virtual worlds happening here?
Is it meaningful to speak of two POV's when we have two, carefully synchronized virtual worlds happening here?
>From my POV (as the virtual person who is not being deleted) I would
have no problem, since I maintain continuity of experience.
>From the POV of the deleted-me, I'm not certain. It seems to me there is
a difference between death and lack of continuity of experience.
Part of the difference here is with the idea of discrete clock ticks. If I were to cease to exist between "clock-ticks" of the universe, then by definition, I would never know. It would be like turning off the lights.
I feel, intuitively, that erasing one's percieved existence may be on a different moral level then murder. Again, lack of continuity of experience is not the same as death.
Why do I get the distinct feeling I'm defending this really badly? :)