Re: Will Gods be Lonely? [was Re: NANO: Custom molecules (gulp!)]

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 28 Nov 1999 13:43:14 -0600

I would try to understand and upgrade myself. That's more than enough interesting material to occupy me until my mind ages into senescence, assuming I'm not successful in uphacking around it. If my mind did age into senescence, I'd have to suspend my code, activate the backup version, let me2 look at me1's old notes, and hope the process could be iterated.

Actually, I'd really want three people in there. Two to take turns hacking suspended versions (that way both can be upgraded and both can gain experience in upload-hacking), and one baseline normal to supervise. Any of the three would probably have the opportunity to
"seize power", so den Otter will have to come up with something more
complicated and error-prone for his Community of Selfish Uploads.

How *do* you plan to do upgrades in perfect synchronization, den Otter?

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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