From: Phillip Huggan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Dec 16 2005 - 15:06:02 MST
In the absence of conscious entities in the universe, morality is relative. But as soon as one little fishy exists, actions within the future light-cone of fishy Nemo acquire a moral framework (in as far as the actions affect Nemo). We can deduce this by our own conscious 1st hand appreciation of the faculties of pleasure and pain (in all forms we experience them as). With these faculties our actions become moral, as far as our engineering prowess extends across sentient entities in existence. The asymetric way we should value entities in existence much more highly than seemingly identical (and often superior) entities we could create, is because: In the absence of conscious entities in the universe, morality is relative.
Ethical behaviour does not apply to the sum total of all present and future conscious entities in our future light-cone. It only applies to the sum total of all present conscious entities in our future light-cone. If an AGI kills us to make room for one trillion humans, and then creates the humans, the correct future ethical judgement of AGI's actions would be based upon how well the AGI served those trillion human's needs. But the initial act of killing us off could never be correctly justified because at the time just before the AGI's murder rampage, us 6 billion humans formed the only objective metric by which AGI's actions could be judged (also animals too).
5 billion years ago, tiling earth with orgasmium would have been fine. But as soon as Nemo appeared, it became necessary for an AGI to consider the well-being of Nemo if the AGI was to really be classified as "friendly". Now in the 21st century a friendly AGI could only be justified in sacrificing us humans under very extraordinary circumstances.
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