[extropy-chat] limits of computer feeling
eugen at leitl.org
Tue Mar 13 09:12:07 UTC 2007
On Tue, Mar 13, 2007 at 07:37:55PM +1100, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> No doubt, someone will try to regulate self-modification, but it is
> interesting to speculate as to what would happen if it were allowed to
Frontiers are always unregulated. There will be plenty of experimentation.
> develop unfettered. We would have to consider not only second order
> desires but also third and higher order desires. For example, if
> someone felt uncertain as to what they should desire, instead of
> seeing a desire consultant they might simply nullify the uncomfortable
> aspect of the uncertainty, rendering themselves confident and happy
> with any decision they might make. I think the equilibrium point in
Nobody can bliss out forever ignoring the physical layer.
> this process will ultimately be a computer heaven in which the
> inhabitants experience maximum pleasure for no effort, as John K Clark
> has suggested. However, it may be a long process before someone gets
> to heaven, and there will always be at least the eccentrics who
> deliberately limit their self-modification (perhaps by modifying
> themselves so that they are never again tempted to modify themselves).
> Moreover, even if everyone is in the heaven computer, there will be
> either servitors who will maintain it, and will have blocks in place
If your computer is your body, why would you hire external craft
(cosmetologists?) to take care of it?
> so they are not diverted from their goal. These servitors might
> continue to explore the universe, or give rise to new transhumans who
"servitors might continue to explore the universe", well, I guess that
means that the meek won't inherit the Earth, but certainly the stars.
Where can I sign up as such a servitor?
> will pursue this or other goals prior to self-modifying their way into
> their final resting place.
You people have really strange future models. Darwinian systems never
converge to a static state. At best you'd get a Red Queen equilibrium.
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