On 1/3/2014 12:09 PM, LizR wrote:
On 4 January 2014 08:38, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com <mailto:jasonre...@gmail.com>> wrote:

    On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
    <mailto: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 
        for a claim that it will be self-aware. Will you switch it on? I am 

        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 
    chloroform and then placing you in a medically induced coma for some 
    time period.

Assuming you saved its state when you turned it off and restored it afterwards (so it might lose short term memory which is exactly equivalent to knocking someone out).

Otherwise it's murder.

Last time that happened to me the "punishement" was that I had to pay about $10,000 to the guy who did it.


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