Re: BASICS: Uploads (was Re: Probable naive questions on this Uploading thing)

Anders Sandberg (
14 Sep 1997 20:07:51 +0200

Mark Grant <> writes:

> > Could a virus be introduced to
> > control/corrupt/erase an uploaded individual?
> Yep, just as you could inject a human with the HIV virus today. However,
> AIs would probably have better 'immune systems' than humans, since they
> wouldn't need to run software that they downloaded. Of course a memetic
> virus is a real possibility, particularly if an attacking AI has been able
> to analyse your software to look for security holes.

A very nice description of such a (memetic) virus can be found in David
Zindell's "The Wild". Beware Greeks bearing gifts...

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