Re: We're stuck with each other

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 21 2002 - 21:07:45 MST

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> True, but of that six billion I would really surprised if more
> than 1 in 100,000 originally opts for (or perhaps can afford)
> uploading or whatever other treatement leads toward immortality.
> So that would give 60,000 initials, roughly speaking. Hopefully
> the rest will come around or might after spending enough
> lifetimes in a VR grokking the alternatives. But since we
> aren't planning (AFAIK) to force anyone it is not likely that as
> 6-8 billion will go for it immediately.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I really don't think so. I don't know how many
people would turn down immortality if you asked them the question
theoretically at a cocktail party, but ask them for real! - I really do
think that the refusers will be in a minority.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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