Re: Visualizing muddled volitions

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 00:46:17 MDT

The answer below would seem to require that their is no "external
reality" so implacable that slowing down the faster for the peaceful
speed of the slower would not be a net loss. No guarantees there
even if everyone does spend their time as an upload. If we all are
uploaded it seems more prudent to have different degrees of
advancement play in separate spaces yes but not necessarily slowed
down relative to the external universe.

- samantha

On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 13:14:44 -0400, Eliezer Yudkowsky
<> wrote:
> Samantha Atkins wrote:
> > What about the fact that different humans will "grow up" at different
> > speeds? Is this any problem? What if some humans are not in sync with
> > the medium collective volition in that they are a bit further down the
> > "growing up" curve? Do they in any sense get "held back"?
> >
> > This question is probably in part paranoia common to all bright people
> > who were stuck in public schools. :-)
> <speculation>
> Slow down time for people who get ahead, speed up time for people who get
> behind, keeping everyone at roughly the same level. Not identical
> abilities, mind you, but the same level of formidability. Everyone could
> go off and do whatever they wanted, without worrying about leaving their
> friends behind if they study math, or being left behind if they specialize
> in erotic arts. There wouldn't be a rat race to your choice of specialty -
> just pick whatever you most liked, and be sure to study a *little* math now
> and then.
> </speculation>
> --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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