On 4 January 2014 08:34, 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?

Assuming there is a multiverse. (I seem to recall you have reservations
about the MWI?)

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