Re: When something impossible happens

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2008 - 17:07:38 MST

On Jan 22, 2008, at 5:39 PM, Nick Tarleton wrote:
> On Jan 22, 2008 4:59 PM, Randall Randall
> <> wrote:
>> The idea that in a future civilization something
>> done entirely with private computing could be
>> disallowed implies a crippling lack freedom for
>> individuals in said civilization.
> If you value freedom, you shouldn't tolerate creating people and
> confining them in vastly suboptimal conditions without any knowledge
> of their confinement or possibility even in principle of escape.
> That's generally regarded as evil.

I don't necessarily disagree with that as a moral rule,
but it's not relevant.

It seems to me that you'll have to accept that evil will
happen, and you can affect only specific instances of
evil, rather than eliminating evil itself. Eliminating
the possibility for evil requires being closer to the
hardware, so in order to stave off escapeproof sims, you'd
have to effectively create one.

Randall Randall <>
"If I can do it in Alabama, then I'm fairly certain you
  can get away with it anywhere." -- Dresden Codak

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