Re: No AI for Nano/No Nano for copyloads

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 07:35:49 MDT

Emlyn wrote:
> > I wonder if you or Emlyn could explain why you want lots of copies.
>I don't necessarily want lots of copies. What am interested in is
>continuing. If there is this effect of first-uploaded-best-dressed, it
>could mean
>substantia difficulty for those not in the first wave; maybe even being at
>the mercy of the first wave deciding who gets uploaded and who is worm food.

Well if this is your goal, declaring you are willing to be uploaded at a
10% chance of success is clearly the wrong strategy. If they take you up on
your offer, your strategy results in a 90% chance of dying completely forever.
Instead you should just get rich and wait. If you have a lot of money when
you are revived, and you wait until uploading tech gets reliable, you won't
be one of the first uploads of which there are billions or trillions of copies,
but you would be able to afford to create one or a few uploads of yourself
that are rich enough they don't need to work. Being willing to accept a
higher probability of revival failure is the strategy for people who care a
lot just how many copies of them there are.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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