Re: Dynamic ethics

From: Phillip Huggan (
Date: Sun Jan 22 2006 - 14:48:57 MST

Fine, fine. Here is the answer you are looking for. The level of actual interaction a living organism should be permitted with other living organisms is proportional to how negatively the behaviour of the organism affects the contacted community. A lion that can only kill gazelles should be restruicted to inert simulations of the killing. A person who needs to kill for pleasure should similiarly restricted to fulfilling this desire in a holodeck world or with nervous system implants. If you can't play nice, you have to sit in a corner, so to speak.
  This system works as long as resources don't become scarce. That shouldn't become an issue for a long time.

Philip Goetz <> wrote:
  I began this thread to discuss problems in constructing an ethical
code that works across species, in a society or ecosystem composed of
species of many different levels of intelligence. This is an
important and valid SL4 problem.

So far, AFAIK not one person has responded to this aspect of what I
posted. All you have done is posit the same moral dilemmas that
humans have faced for millenia, substituting "AI" for "government".

- Phil

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