Re: Possibility Space vs. Extinction (was Re: Genetically Smartifying other Mammals)

From: Phillip Huggan (
Date: Fri Feb 03 2006 - 22:39:43 MST

The answer is number two. It is unethical. Number one is irrelevant for this variation of the Fermi Paradox.

Thomas Buckner <> wrote:
  --- Phillip Huggan wrote:

> Yes, that Lamarckian fitness peak in the
> presence of advanced engineering technologies
> will surely result in the extinction of all
> intelligences.

Opening up possibility space would mean not
extinction but inclusion of all intelligences,
uploaded or simulated, in an intelligence which
includes all possible states of those
intelligences as part of a larger whole. As Nick
Bostrom says, "at least one of the following
propositions is true: (1) the human species is
very likely to go extinct before reaching a
“posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization
is extremely unlikely to run a significant number
of simulations of their evolutionary history (or
variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly
living in a computer simulation."

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