[ExI] Zombie Detector (was Re:Do digital computers feel?)

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 02:59:57 UTC 2017

On 2 January 2017 at 13:49, Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com>

> On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 1:06 PM, Jason Resch <jasonresch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I believe personal identity is something that falls on a spectrum, so you
>> can say there is a successful transport even if it is not 100% identical,
>> but of course this leads to the question of where do you draw the line. I
>> am not sure that such a line can be drawn.
> ### The line will draw itself, once Star Trek transporters are
> commercialized. The people who want to save on tickets by reducing the
> fidelity of copying a tad too much will transport themselves out of the
> gene pool - either by becoming demented or by converging on being somebody
> else, if the transport company use some standard patches to fix gaps. The
> people who want perfect copies will not travel much because their tickets
> will be ruinously expensive. The myriads of distant planets will be
> populated mostly by the reasonable folks, who maintain just enough fidelity
> to stay stable enough to be still able to function roughly as they did
> before transport.

Taking the train results in an imperfect copy at the other end, since your
brain changes during the journey.

Stathis Papaioannou
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