On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:

>  On 1/3/2014 1:14 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
>    Let's say that I built a computer system and showed you the
> theoretical basis for a claim that it will be self-aware. Will you switch
> it on? I am serious!
>  Why not? The real question is "do we have the right to switch it off?"
> If you switch it off, it just continues in another branch of the
> multiverse. So how are you going to decide whether it's better or worse to
> switch it off?  And if we give it political rights, what will be the
> punishment for violating them by switching it off?...switching it back on?

To be fair, it should be whatever punishment is fair for knocking you out
with chloroform and then placing you in a medically induced coma for some
unspecified time period.


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