Re: A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 11:46:18 MDT

Alex Future Bokov wrote:
> One's effectiveness in accheiving overarching goals is sometimes hobbled
> by self-preservation. If one knew that one was going to die soon (and for
> whatever reason cryosyspension was not an option) then self-preservation
> would not longer influence one's decisions. How could one's strategy change
> in response to this fact?
> Responses such as "I'd liquidate all my assets and go on a cruise" or
> "I'd spend my last days with my family" are obvious and pre-emptively
> declared to be out of scope. This question is aimed at people who have
> such an intense sense of purpose that they want maximize the value of
> even their demise toward their chosen goal. Or people who can imagine
> themselves in such a mindset and extrapolate how they would act.

There are some things I haven't managed to write down yet. I'd use any
remaining assets in an effort to gather in one place the best people I've been
able to find, or (less preferably) travel to them individually, and transfer
everything I knew as fast as I could. Preferably with a video camera running.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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