Re: ethical problem? Some kind of problem, anyway...

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 21:53:55 -0500

"O'Regan, Emlyn" wrote:
> I have found that this has occupied my thoughts more and more, and so my
> conversation. In fact, I'm probably becoming an immortality bore. The
> problem I have is, that when I'm blabbing away about living in the last
> generation of mortals or the first generation of immortals, depending on
> luck basically (and a lot of people's hard work, sorry to all you out
> there), I suddenly get quite embarrased if I'm talking to or am nearby
> an elderly person.

  1. It is now too late to save my great-grandparents, even though most of them were alive when I was born. But all four of my grandparents are still alive, and I think I have a fairly good chance of pulling off a Singularity in time to save them.
  2. Two words: Time travel.
  3. One word: Cryonics.

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--          Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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