Fw: Uploading: End of the mundane

John Clark (jonkc@worldnet.att.net)
Thu, 20 Aug 1998 00:44:07 -0400

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>Before the spawning process begins arbitrary memory allocations are
>designated copies 1 through 100 and original. So at the very instant
>of spawning they differ only in name and memory allocation.

OK, so "The Original" is just a name, of no greater significance than any other name, #87 for example.

>All copies and originals know their memory allocations and remember
>the naming convention agreed upon before the spawning process. It
>would be perfectly rational to look at your name tag and commit
>voluntary suicide at the end of the 10 hours.

I still don't understand, why should I look at my name tag, other than pure curiosity what useful information would I gain by doing so ? It wouldn't matter if my tag said "The Original" or "#87", I'd still rather have the other fellow blow his brains out not me.

>10 hours subjective time for a non-augmented formerly biological
>upload doing nothing but mundane work is not at much risk of creating
>a conflict of interest.

I think 10 hours would be more than enough for 2 copies to diverge enough
that both would want to survive. Are you telling me that if you looked down
right now and saw "#87" on your name tag you'd cheerfully put a gun to your head? If so I wouldn't go so far as to call your decision irrational, life is not more rational than death, it's just that death is not
my cup of tea. To each their own.

                            John K Clark      jonkc@att.net

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