Re: Investing in FAI research: now vs. later

From: Nick Tarleton (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 16:22:36 MST

On Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 5:54 PM, Matt Mahoney <> wrote:
> The question is whether we become the machine that turns the earth into
> paperclips, assuming it has some approximation of a copy of our memories, or
> do we just die?

Why would a paperclip maker, or a computronium maker, retain our memories?

(Even if it did, I would find it little consolation.)

> I don't believe the earth would be turned into paperclips because paperclip
> makers would have less reproductive fitness than computronium makers. That
> doesn't affect the basic issue, though.

If the paperclip-maker takes off first and hard enough, fitness
shouldn't matter. See

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