On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 07:12:46PM +0200, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> On 10 Oct 2012, at 09:14, meekerdb wrote:
> >
> >I wouldn't say yes to him.  He thinks your brain doesn't need to
> >function.  He might substitute a rock.
> If "your" goal is to survive, that might work. If your "goal" is to
> complete your mission nearby, that might not work, especially from
> the point of view of the observers.
> A machine with the cognitive ability sufficient to bet genuinely on
> an artificial digital brain can understand we don't really need one
> to survive.
> But then the question is "who are you?", really.

We are getting close to the point I made a number of years ago - if
COMP is true, then it really doesn't matter whether you say yes or no
to the doctor, you will survive anyway (due to COMP immortality). 

Conversely, if COMP is false, you won't survive - independent of
agreeing to the doctor.

Bruno, did you have a response to that yet?


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