Re: How To Live In A Simulation

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 23:54:46 MST

Adrian Tymes wrote

> I give permission to emulate me, then terminate the
> emulation, so long as at all times there is still one
> copy of me that has been under the ultimate and direct
> control of itself (not an emulation of itself) from
> now until the emulation/termination.

Doesn't this mean that you might terminate soon?
(Hopefully, your answer is "No" and that you can
say that you have already signed up for cryonic

As Eliezer correctly wrote:

2) Lee Corbin obviously has no trouble with this situation.
He can fork himself, and the new version will have full
citizenship rights, but if he's really serious in what he
says [I am], the less efficient version will simply commit
suicide and merge resources with the more efficient version.
(And not because he planned it that way or installed mental
coercions in the new copy, which might be illegal; but
because he really doesn't care.)

Eliezer's point applies to you: what if your physical
body must now be destoryed in order to give 10^9 versions
of yourself---some of whom are exactly isomorphic to you
at this moment---the resources they require? If you
understand the principle that "duplicates are self",
you won't have any trouble with this. If you don't,
then "you" simply will be missing out on a lot!

Lee Corbin

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