Re: Top Ten List [was: Interview with the Bioethicist]

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Tue Feb 08 2000 - 13:08:49 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" <> writes:

> Dan's question regarding what to ask Al Johnsen has got me thinking.
> It might be a good idea for the Extropians to have a "Top Ten List"
> (in the sense that we have questions about stuff but don't have
> the answers).
> So if people want to send me "concise" questions of things that
> even *we* don't know the answers to, perhaps we could organize
> them, "vote" on their importance and then publish this on the
> Web site.

A good idea!

Some suggestions:

What ethical systems/social contracts for inter-species interaction
(where the species could be, but are not limited to, unaugmented
humans, enhanced humans, animals, artificial intelligences, aliens,
unborn but planned children, copies etc) are evolutionarily stable
strategies, and how well do they do compared to each other?

Is the development of a more capable form of intelligence in a given
environment an easy or a hard problem? Are there limits in principe to
what forms of intelligence a group of intelligent entities can
produce? Are all forms of intelligent processing equivalent?

Does the functionalist view of the mind hold (and hence uploading is

What are the ultimate limits to discoverable physics and technology?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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