Re: Emulation vs. Simulation

Date: Sat Mar 24 2001 - 11:04:20 MST

In a message dated 3/24/2001 11:46:33 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< So quit the angel-ceilidh-on-the-head-of-the-pin-discussion
 thing, god knows there are enough more pressing problems at hand. >>

I am not disagreeing with you on a practical matter. The only issue seems to
me is that whether the dreaded word, qualia, may be necessary to 'texturize'
say, a neutonium networked reality (world) or whether it merely doesn't
matter? If it doesn't matter, we can say screw it! If for some reason the
people who get downloaded, or personalities that get emulated or simulated
from the past, appear inauthentic, disengenuine, or clearly, wrong; then
Houston, we gots' a problem!

That's when qualia may make a difference, because, for example; if a
regenerated or uploaded, Eugene seems utterly, dispassionate about
everything, including his most recently, compelling interests, is it really
Eugene, or just zombie X doing a poor job of convincing the rest of us,
that you are indeed, Eugene. If your "zombie" is profoundly convincing, then
for all practical purposes, that SI is you. You are correct about other,
vital, issues at hand, more deserving of our time. Fix on the fly, is an
engineering constant.

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