[ExI] YES! Hard-core transhumanist splinter groups yearning for cyber-heaven
thespike at satx.rr.com
Fri Jun 18 02:23:17 UTC 2010
On 6/17/2010 8:40 PM, Gregory Jones wrote:
> >assumption that any program capable of rewarding a real consciousness
> > in reciprocal relationship with it would have to *be* an equal
> > consciousness)...
> I don't see the problem here. The child sim would be an equal
> consciousness in a sense.
Only "in a sense"? What sense is that?
Hmm. Possibly I misread you when you stated earlier:
"If we do it right, plenty of the simulated beings would seldom (if
ever) need to trouble themselves, or even be aware that they are sims,
and not flesh and blood carbon beings"
I read this as something like "they would be philosophical zombies, to
be switched on or off and manipulated at whim." I regard devoting one's
love and care to a doll or toy, pretending that it is a person, to be a
kind of depravity (with at least oneself suffering from it).*
Obviously this proves only that I am an olde farte who can't get with
the program, as with my conviction that a copy is not an original (yawn).
*I'm not referring to masturbation with a sex doll.
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