[ExI] The second step towards immortality
sustrik at 250bpm.com
Sun Jan 5 06:33:15 UTC 2014
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On 04/01/14 14:01, Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Copied unprotected minds are potentially enslaved minds. If I get a
> copy of your mind I can torture it for fun forever.
That's applying concepts from the physical world to the virtual world
in 1:1 fashion.
So, for exampe, in IT running multiple copies of the same process is
often used to achieve reliability: Two identical copies are running in
different datacenters, doing the same work. If one datacenter is
destroyed, the second copy still survives.
When comparing that to the real world it's more like multiple
redundant subsystems within a single brain.
Anyway, whatever happens, it's very unlikely that uploaded humans
would be identical with physical humans. Most likely the whole concept
of personal identity will have to undergo a profound change. Which
makes make go meh on any 1:1 analogies.
Btw, how would you even torture a virtual entity? By resticting its
computational resources? That would only make it run slower.
Finally, trying to restrict copying is likely a futile affair -- see
the ongoing tragicomedy of the entertainment industry vs. the pirates.
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