Re: [sl4] Uploading into a deterministic sim vs Many worlds

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sun Oct 26 2008 - 21:35:59 MDT

2008/10/27 Matt Mahoney <>:
> --- On Sun, 10/26/08, William Pearson <> wrote:
>> Let us say you believe in many worlds and you had been offered the
>> chance to upload into a deterministic simulation to live forever, any
>> quantum randomness would be generated by PRNG. It would be so good,
>> you wouldn't know you had been uploaded. Assuming you value the lives
>> of people you will never encounter, should you upload?
> You need to rephrase the question.
> Let's say you believe in many worlds and you are offered the chance to run a simulation of your brain in a plausible, deterministic simulated world such that the simulation would predict your behavior in the real world in every case where the model agrees with reality. You know that the model is not entirely accurate because your simulation will be immortal, although the details of what that entails have not been specified. At the instant you flip the switch to start the simulation, you will be vaporized. Will you (not should you) flip the switch?

Yes: it's the same as ordinary life, when your previous self
disappears utterly from the universe as soon as the moment passes.

Stathis Papaioannou

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