Re: [sl4] 'Ethical' uploading

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Feb 11 2009 - 02:12:43 MST

Matt Mahoney wrote:
> --- 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.

Not if the program is sentient. If you follow the above statement of
yours then it is fine to do whatever you want to any AGI as well, if you
can, no matter how sentient and intelligent it may be. From there it
is only another step to say you may do whatever you want to other humans
who happen to be weaker than your or you have the drop on. Either
ethics extents beyond your specific species or it is a sham. There is
no ethical "ownership" among autonomous sentients of sufficient
> 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.

That is species centric BS. I would expect better on SL4.

- samantha

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