Re: Sadness on voluntary death (was: Singularity Memetics)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jan 31 2002 - 18:54:59 MST

Deacon Kuhns wrote:
> > > Eliezer,
> > >
> > > I'm curious as to whether if it were possible, you would propose forcing people to upload regardless of whether they want to or not. It kind of seems that this is the logical extension of what you are saying.
> >
> > Uh... which part? The part where I said that you have the right to make
> > choices, even stupid choices, but it doesn't make the choices any less
> > stupid? How so?
> Well, the part where you said that any choice involving growing old,
> pain, and death is objectively wrong coupled with the part where you
> said that when you see pain, you want to heal it.

I didn't say it was objectively wrong; I said it was wrong under virtually
everyone's moral premises, even though some people may refuse the
intelligence necessary to extrapolate their moral premises consistently.
It does not follow that forcible upgrading of intelligence is a moral act
under those same premises.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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