Re: Infinite universes and Corbinian otaku

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Apr 25 2003 - 17:52:47 MDT

spike66 wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
>> Clarifying note here: The "Corbinians" are indeed named after Lee
>> Corbin, but no malice of any kind is intended. Lee Corbin is the only
>> person I know of who says that people should have the right to do as
>> they wish with any computing power they own, including running
>> simulations, and that neighbors have no business intervening. Lee
>> Corbin is consistent about this; if I recall correctly, he even said
>> that if he himself turns out to be a simulation, he feels it's within
>> the rights of the simulator to simulate him...
> I may be misunderstanding Lee's position, but the position
> attributed to him sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

By "simulations" we refer to processes in which are embedded
qualiabearing, fully sentient individuals. That is, you yourself could be
such a simulation. This does not inspire your sympathy?

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

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