Re: Risk vs. Payoff (was Re: Alcor on KRON)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 13:37:00 MDT

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote,
> > If your life really matters to you, then even this close
> > to the Singularity, signing up for cryonics is simply a commonsense
> > precaution.
> It follows that if your life doesn't really matter to you, neither cryonics
> nor the Singularity have relevance. Can we conclude that these topics attract
> people-whose-lives-really-matter-to-them only?

No. If surviving matters to you primarily as a subgoal of something else,
then the Singularity has relevance if and only if it advances the
"something else", while cryonics matters if and only if the "something
else" is still relevant and advance-able post-Singularity.

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

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