Re: Interactions between downloaded and flesh-and-blood humans after the Singularity

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Feb 01 2002 - 20:18:23 MST

Wayne Hayes wrote:
> On Wed, 23 Jan 2002 20:17:05, Eugene Leitl wrote:
> >
> >On Wed, 23 Jan 2002, Wayne Hayes wrote:
> >> ...Then you
> >> spend a month (or a year) of subjective time pondering the question
> >> posed to you, and then get back to your client with an answer before
> >> they've had time to finish their coffee.
> >You do not interact meaningfully with a statue-littered landscape. By
> >means other than bulldozering it, I mean.
> I hope this attitude isn't common among those who wish to download
> themselves into AIs. Unless it was a joke, you're advocating
> contemptuous genocide of those who decide to remain in flesh-and-blood
> form. Are you saying that you'll regard flesh-and-blood humans with
> about the same empathy as you do insects or bacteria today?

For what it's worth, Wayne, if we somehow wind up in a scenario where both
Eugene and I are around as uploads, and we both have the unrestricted
ability to affect Earth, and you're still around on Earth, then I'll
protect you from Eugene. I can't make any realistic commitment on behalf
of a transhuman future self because my goals might change, but that's the
current output of my goal system.

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

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