Re: PHILOSOPHY: Make violent computergames illegal.

Max M (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 12:44:38 +0100

> From: Lee Daniel Crocker

> > No, simulating what would be a crime in meatspace doesn't necessarily
> > cause any harm to the software involved. It will probably be easier for
> > uploads to control the way they handle this kind of sensory input than
> > it will be to have a government define which simulations are bad.
> I don't think he meant to imply that playing the game itself would be
> immoral; that's just interacting with the sentient according to its
> nature. But what about after the sentient game has been played for a
> few hours, learned about its opponent and about itself, and is aware
> of itself and what it has learned? Wouldn't turning the machine off
> at that point be destroying a sentient being?

My posting was actually not about computegames at all. My intention was to
point at a possible moral/legal problem that will come. Probably sooner
than we think. I just found the computergame angle to be somewhat amusing.

MAX M Rasmussen
New Media Director



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