[ExI] Digital Consciousness .
ALONZOTG at verizon.net
Fri Apr 26 00:52:54 UTC 2013
Anders Sandberg wrote:
> It depends on what kind of selfhood you are using.
> For example, if you regard selfhood as linked to having memories of
> your past and overlapping core characteristics (say some cherished
> personality traits) then there might not be a problem with enhanced
> uploads. Or multiple copies of them. If you use some other selfhood
> your identity might not be preserved in uploading, or perhaps even in
> simple enhancement. Or even when passing through sleep.
So what reward/benefit do I receive for adopting this definition? Why
would I consider uploading when there are a hundred and one ways to
modify my being, using technology even, which don't raise this issue?
> But which selfhood definition is true? I don't think there is a true
> one. There is just stuff morphing across spacetime, and some parts of
> the stuff use certain definitions. Selfhood is not a natural category
> for most systems and there is no reason to think it has to apply to
It can't not apply.
If it didn't apply, you would just have either something akin to a book
or, at best, a utility program that could be used to answer biographical
queries about yourself.
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