Re: Yudkowsky's AI (again)

Ross A. Finlayson (
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 20:09:40 -0500

Pointless. Parts can be grown, although this raises ethical questions, growing a liver in a tank is one thing, harvesting living human original or clone bodies is murder. The liver construction wouldn't necessarily have to be the same as a natural human liver.

Bryan Moss wrote:

> Dan Fabulich wrote:
> > > > If your self is preserved, you wouldn't kill off
> > > > your fellow humans, would you?
> > >
> > > Yes.
> >
> > You mean, break us down to use for parts, or just for
> > fun?
> I'm not sure if the pleasure would still be there once I had transcended so
> mostly just for parts.
> BM


Malthusian dilemna is that there are finite Earthly resources to support an increasing, not to mention gluttonous, human population. The solution to this is research and development, which happens to also be the indicator of future production increase, ie, the rate of research and develop funding is directly and linearly correlated to future productivity increase, ie increasing sum total social utility.

Prisoner's dilemna is the issue more relevant to this one, in that if any person were to reach a state of absolute power whether they would remove any conceived threats to their power would be an ethical choice.

Big space!


Ross Andrew Finlayson
"C is the speed of light."