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by thehivemind5
Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Isn't there an implicit assumption in costs 2 and 3 that human life does have value? If we really can't determine the value of a human life, and have set that to zero, shouldn't there be no way we can predict the solution cost of "Risk that killing one human will decrease the respect for human ...
by thehivemind5
Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Ran4, let me just try and get a handle on your idea here. Would it be ok under the ethics you purpose to kill/experiment on a biological human who was produced in some way involving very little energy and who had no social attachment to to others? I.e. if we had a human growing pod that ran off of A...
by thehivemind5
Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

To give Goplat some credit, the analogy is a little bit weird, but I feel it at least sort of gets my point across: How a thing functions is often more important than how it is constructed. The question of brain-dead or comatose people is actually an interesting one. As I'm sure we've all read, ther...
by thehivemind5
Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I think the example about the internal combustion engine needs to be cleared up a little bit. If you have a perfect simulation of an internal combustion engine in your computer, then no, that is not an internal combustion engine on this level of "reality" at least. If you have a computer w...
by thehivemind5
Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I'd have to agree with dosbot about the arbitrary nature of our ethics; we have to decide whether its ok to kill or torture other things, and we usually put things in to arbitrary (and often very fluid) groups as to whether or not a thing is "human" enough to deserve rights. In ancient tim...
by thehivemind5
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8231

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

I think it would be about as ethical as slicing open a real human being. Changing the medium upon which a human life and intelligence plays itself out does not change humanity. A human is, in a fundamental way, a pile of chemical reactions, and is thus emulatable in exactly the way you describe, but...

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