[ExI] Will ems have two genders?

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon May 16 09:05:27 UTC 2016

On 2016-05-16 08:16, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
> On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 12:14 AM, Will Steinberg 
> <steinberg.will at gmail.com <mailto:steinberg.will at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     But this stuff to me is so foreign, not worth talking about--or,
>     worth talking about, but as a very very non-serious thought
>     experiment.  Like people in 3000 BC talking about the future.  And
>     I bet they had lots of ideas we've forgotten today, being closer
>     to the dawn of self-consciousness and state-of-nature and all
>     that.  Take some LSD and wonder about this stuff again.
> ### I find the ems world absolutely fascinating. I see it as the only 
> way for me to hitch a ride into the future after superhuman AI comes 
> online, which with every day that passes is closer by one day.

Robin's book is a pretty fascinating take on ems, since he develops the 
social side of the scenario in deep detail. We may of course want to 
work a lot on the tech side, but he is first in trying to see what our 
knowledge in the "soft sciences" actually makes likely.

A key thing in thinking about uncertain future developments is to 
realize that a high likeliehood of being wrong is not a reason not to 
try it, in many circumstances. If your models cause you to take actions 
that are maximally reasonable then it does not matter that there is a 
lot of noise.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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