Re: Sysop vs. Liberty (was Re: How To Live In A Simulation)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Mar 15 2001 - 16:03:07 MST

Gordon Worley wrote:
> Maybe it comes down to making this choice: would one rather live
> free yet at the risk of destruction or inside a cage but safe from
> all but universe level destruction. I have chosen the former, but
> maybe Eliezer has chosen the latter.

My Standing Challenge is as follows:

"Name one concrete thing that you should be able to do, but that a Sysop
won't let you do." It can't be an intangible quality, like "having
nanobots fully under my control" - you have to name something specific
that you want to do with those nanobots, but which you won't be able to do
under the Sysop Scenario.

No decrement of freedom is involved.

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

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