Re: The Copy Question

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Fri, 25 Jun 1999 02:17:52 -0700 (PDT)


> This question and its discussion has revealed to me
> that different people
> have different goals for uploading. Some people
> want their current self to
> live forever. Others find it acceptable for their
> current self to die as
> long as good enough copies live forever. The former
> measure their own
> identity internally as to where they feel they are.
> The latter measure
> their own identity externally, as to where other
> people think they are.
> They claim that if no one can tell the difference,
> its the same as there
> being no difference.


Thank you for your clear statement of the 2 points of view.

To say what has doubtless been said already (sorry)-

IMHO your stream of consciousness is YOUR stream of consciousness, if a copy is made there are 2 streams and the survival of a copy is NOT a substitute for the subjective survival of the original.

As for observers, how are they ever going to know what the inner experience of original or copy really is? I don't think Turing tests ad infinitum will suffice. Again it comes back to whether a non-conscious "zombie" could simulate consciousness.

I suppose I don't place that much value in public opinion :)

I suppose experimenters could only know by a wholesale uploading of the experimental subject into their own brains, and then where is the experimenter?

> survive. All existing copies of me would want to
> survive. The above
> scenario is only helpful because there is always
> only one copy of me at any
> time. If a second copy is created, each one of them
> would want to survive.
> --

Therefore killing *any* of them is murder, by my idea of a humane standard. If you believe an upload is conscious you can't treat either upload or original as non-human.

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