Re: The role of consciousness (Re: The GLUT and functionalism)

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Fri Apr 11 2008 - 21:46:51 MDT

On 12/04/2008, Stuart Armstrong <> wrote:

> Then there are some special considerations:
> 1) An run-away criminal escapes through the teleporter, and the police
> demand his "original" be awoken and interogated.
> 2) Someone starts shooting people at the "receiver station", and
> shoots someone who has just come through. They call back to the
> sending station, and ask them to awake the original copy...
> 3) Though a mistake, an "original" is awoken, and then goes public
> with the story about how he was nearly killed. Campaigns are
> organised.
> 4) Some scandal happens about originals that we not properly drugged, etc...
> The only way I see this being legal is if
> a) law becomes utterly libertarian; by signing a contract, I agree
> that I will get killed (in some sense) as part of the process.
> b) a specific exception is carved out for destructive teleportation
> (unlikely unless the economic advantages are large), or
> c) someone comes up with a general ethical framework involving
> duplication, that allows destructive teleportation to happen.
> In fact, c) is a bit what we are engaged in for the last week or so.
> But the issue of destructive telportation will be a sideshow, I feel,
> to the eventual ethical/legal consensus on duplication. And seeing as
> that is the most controversial, I think that we should not focus on
> it.
> To sum up my position: I agree that, in principle, that destructive
> teleportation, perfectly implemented, is the same as walking out of
> the room. But if the only fact I knew about the next century was
> "destructive teleportation is permitted", then I would be worried,
> because of the implications it might have for the overall
> ethical/legal attitudes towards duplication.

What if we were discussing quantum teleportation, in which the
original is necessarily destroyed to make a perfect copy?

Stathis Papaioannou

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