From: Michael Roy Ames (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun May 23 2004 - 00:05:32 MDT
So, let me feed this back to you just to be sure I've understood...
--- Your definition of a sentient, or 'person', is a process that has consciousness and possibly qualia, among other things. Also, if you can avoid giving a FAI consciousness then you will feel much more comfortable creating it, performing source control, etc. as there will be no moral imperatives involved. --- I believe you are going to have a lot of trouble tweezing general intelligence away from consciousness. If you can, it would be a hell of a thing to see. For the record: I don't want to hurt a person either. Should we hold up creating FAI until we know precisely what a person is? Until we accurately demarcate the borderline between person and non-person, do we hesitate to create something that might be a person digitally? If we cannot say just exactly why we humans are also *persons*, then how can we determine the personhood status of an AI? You would have to simultaneously answer the questions: "what makes a human a person" and "what makes an FAI a (non-)person". Again, that would be a hell of a thing to see. Is this what you intend? Michael Roy Ames
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