Re: [sl4] 'Ethical' uploading

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Tue Feb 10 2009 - 15:17:52 MST

--- On Tue, 2/10/09, Stuart Armstrong <> wrote:

> 1) What sort of mental changes to uploads might be useful to forstall
> certain problems?
> 2) Would this actually work?
> 3) How would you, personally feel if this was the only upload option -
> either through government fiat or corporate requirements?
> 4) What sort of restrictions would you be prepared to accept, and
> still upload - either for a non-destructive, or a destructive upload?

Uploads are programs. Their owners can do anything they want with them. They can turn them off, reprogram them as they wish, make copies and sell them, simulate torture, etc.

People have the right to make programs that simulate themselves, and to contract with hosting companies to treat the uploads in certain ways after the owner dies. However, it would be up to the estate to enforce the contract. The upload has no right to do so. Only humans have rights.

Upload owners and hosting companies are legally obligated to not misrepresent an upload as the person it simulates for the purpose of fraud or identity theft. It would be illegal to own an upload that claimed to be a certain person without that person's consent or if that person were dead.

Is there a problem?

-- Matt Mahoney,

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