Re: Uploading: End of the mundane

Joe Jenkins (
Tue, 18 Aug 1998 14:25:09 -0700 (PDT)

---Robin Hanson <> wrote:
> Joe Jenkins writes:
> >... returning from a two week vacation, a
> >pile of work worth 1000 hours of time has piled up. When this work
> >completed, another 2 weeks vacation have been earned. Well, why not
> >spawn off 100 copies who will work for ten hours each including time
> >to make "lessons learned" notes. While this work is being done go
> >home and unpack your bags. Upon returning all 100 copies will
> >voluntarily terminate because 10 hours is not long enough to have
> >developed a conflict of interest. The original only has to take the
> >time to read the "lessons learned" notes and go pack bags for another
> >two weeks vacation. ...
> >Today I have 1000 hours of work on my desk, of which the
> >experience gained from doing it could easily be replaced with a short
> >"lessons learned" list. Especially one written by myself to myself.
> After repeating this scenario 26 times, when you are a copy starting
> in on a job, you have a stack of 2600 sets of lessons learned in front
> of you, and you haven't done a lick of work in a year. Do you really
> think you could read them all and then get your job done in ten hours?
In the above I wrote: " The original only has to take the time to read the "lessons learned" notes and go pack bags for another two weeks vacation." So after each vacation I would take the time to read the lessons learned. Every now and then, I might read something in the "lessons learned" that I would want to repeat myself.... wait a minute, I did do this myself. I mean, I would want to repeat something that I would want the experience of to remain in my memory, so I would also do that work before returning to vacation. The whole point here is that there will be creative options for eliminating mundane work required by an expert. The non-mundane work is still required to remain as a past subjective experience.

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