[ExI] A dispassionate examination of being an upload.
stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 04:11:41 UTC 2010
2010/9/19 John Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>:
> I don't. There will still be competition from things smarter than you, AI's
> as well as other uploads that started out smarter than you and haven't
> gotten dumber with the passage of time; and there may be competition from
> things not nearly as bright as you too, like viruses. But the biggest snake
> in the garden of Eden may be drug abuse, if you could open the "preferences"
> panel in your mind it would take an iron will not to move the happiness
> slide switch just a little further to the right, and then a little more, and
> then a bit more [...] I hope not but drug abuse could be the explanation for
> the Fermi Paradox. Why go to all the trouble of actually accomplishing
> something when you can get the same agreeable feeling of pride and
> fulfillment without all the bother?
If it would take an "iron will" to resist the temptation to do this
and you think resisting the temptation would be a good idea then you
could just give yourself the requisite iron will.
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