Re: Human rights? (Was Re: Uploaded memories)

Robin Hanson (
Wed, 08 Dec 1999 13:45:39 -0500

Kate Riley wrote:
>>A more extreme scenario you might wonder about is uploads whose creation is
>>funded by taking out a loan and renting brain hardware, and who then get
>>evicted from this hardware because they can't pay their debt.
>This seems to directly violate the notion of a person's supposed right to
>life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Would such things exist within
>an uploaded society?

An uploaded society might have laws that said you could never evict a mind from a brain. In such a society fewer loans would be made and fewer uploads would be created. This might hurt such a society's economic growth relative to competitors, though perhaps not hurt it a lot.

You might ask yourself this ethical question though: is it better to let a life be created and then have to end it, or is it better to never have let that life exist at all?

Robin Hanson Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
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