From: Matt Mahoney (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Mar 03 2009 - 16:05:18 MST
--- On Tue, 3/3/09, ' ' <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am programmed to say this argument is going no-where and
> is quite ridiculous and a waste of time.
> Seriously though, who cares?
> Do we really have any idea how such a teleportation device
> would work?
> Is it possible at all?
> Is all of this purely theoretical with no end in sight?
> Shouldn't we just talk about the identity issue
> instead, since that will ultimately effect ALL future
> endeavors AFTER the singularity?
> Hasn't the identity issue been resolved on numerous
> occasions or are there wholes in what people have said
No, because uploading is the same issue with the extra complication that the copy is not exactly like the original. (Its brain is in silicon. It has a robotic body, or no body, etc). I could phrase the same question in this context. If there is a program running that imitates you so well that nobody can distinguish it from you, then are you willing to die and give control of your estate to this program?
-- Matt Mahoney, email@example.com
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