Re: Transforming Ourselves

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 23:57:48 -0600

What paranoia!

If I became a Power, I would upload the rest of humanity,
not murder you for your spare atoms. *I* am: <drum roll>


So, presumably, are They.

The Powers will be more ethical than we are because:

1) They won't be distracted by morality.
- Morality can be defined as the set of emotional reflexes
given us by evolution to promote our inclusive fitness.

2) They'll be able to solve the hard problem of ethics.
- What is the meaning of life?

3) Nothing will threaten Them.
- In order to threaten Them, the offender would have to
reach a point where ethical behavior is obvious and

Why wouldn't They upload us?

     Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
          "I'm sorry, my karma ran over your dogma."
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