Re: When something impossible happens

From: Nick Tarleton (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2008 - 15:40:59 MST

On Jan 22, 2008 3:40 PM, Robin Lee Powell <> wrote:
> Only if you accept certain assumptions that I, for one, do not. In
> particular, you have to accept that future civilizations will run
> ancestor simulations. I find it ridiculous that a civilization that
> advanced would allow simulation of the kind of suffering that goes
> on here on earth every day. In fact, I'd expect that any reasonable
> culture would have something equivalent to the death penalty for
> such actions.

An advanced civilization not sharing our moral system could exist, as
could an unfriendly AI simulating other civilizations to model
threats, or for some incomprehensible purpose. I hope such things are
relatively rare, but have no strong reason to believe they are.

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