Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 11:04:04 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> Sim-ed universes exist for some
> reason be it scientific exploration, a need for entertainment, or a desire
> for company, etc. If the creator of those universes exhausts their usefullness,
> I believe they have every right to fold them up and reallocate the resources
> to something else.

Aha! *You* must be the simulation! Robert Bradbury, a Transition
celebrity who believed that simulated beings have no rights - one of the
most popular lives to relive, since it's one of the few personalities that
will consent to being simulated and agreeably fold up at the end of the
simulation. In fact, I understand that you're the template material most
often used for 24-hour boyfriends. So the next time you're on a date,
just remember that you'll almost certainly blink out of existence when
it's over.

I guess that explains why you're you, and not some starving Third World
urchin - Robert Bradbury is actually one of the most ubiquitous sentiences
in the Universe. In fact, we're all just appropriately modified versions
of Robert Bradbury - this whole simulation is peopled with them.

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

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