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by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I meant "artist" in a broader sense than that.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

It's fairly common for great artists to live and die unappreciated and in crushing poverty. Art is not well handled by market forces. Additionally, artists are sensitive. You can torture them in creative ways. If an artist had access to certain resources in life, they may be able to achieve success...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Clearly the original has an organic body, and the clone does not. The one with the organic body is the original. Right. Now how do you discern this, proving at the same time that your perception is sound. Even if I wanted a slave, I don't necessarily want any particular consciousness embedded in it...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

This is basically like selling a child into slavery? You create a new person (or something techno-magical that rather resembles a new person), then you sell it off. Right It seems rather straightforward: no, you shouldn't be a buyer or a seller. And people who do anyway should go to to jail? I'm no...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So, here are the premises: 1. It will be possible to simulate human level intelligence in our lifetimes 2. It will be possible to use brain scanning technology to clone the patterns of conscious personality that compose a human being within our lifetimes 3. Regulation regarding this will move more ...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Mutex wrote:Are you implying the clone in the computer would be living in a virtual world identical to Earth? Otherwise, seems like it would be pretty easy to tell.


Sorry, that was an unstated premise. I probably should have stated it, huh?
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Internally, you the individual can't determine which conscious entity you are. It may be trivial for others, somewhere, to determine that. I don't think that's true. I think it's too easy to forge conscious experience once you have complete control over the consciousness of other people.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So far, the responses I'm getting seem to consist of two things: 1. An inability to understand/accept the premise 2. Non-sequitur responses about things tangentially related to the premise. I gave a specific and, potentially, concrete description of a scenario. I'm waiting for responses in those ter...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

ucim wrote:No, the odds of you being the original are unity, and easily testable.


Elaborate.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Wouldn't this be like selling a kidney on the black market, though with no detrimental impact to you? You're basically selling something you have an unlimited amount of. Sorta like selling a picture of yourself. I'd be wary of fraud that might be able to be used, but presumably if such technology w...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Are negative values acceptable? That is, is this considering both the case of "selling my consciousness template for money" and "I will use this tech to buy immortality"? I would find it highly likely that the marketing around such a device would be oriented towards users *payin...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Even if you are cloned, the clone is not you. You gain no benefit from it. Why would you do it? An observation - it seems reasonable that given the premises, it will also be possible to edit the patterns of conscious personality before implanting it into an AI. The edits could be malicious. Given t...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 1552

Modern Faustian Bargain

So, here are the premises: 1. It will be possible to simulate human level intelligence in our lifetimes 2. It will be possible to use brain scanning technology to clone the patterns of conscious personality that compose a human being within our lifetimes 3. Regulation regarding this will move more s...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3194
Views: 181214

Re: Trump presidency

The only important thing is that I was entirely prescient about all of this, in contrast to all of you, and am therefore infinitely superior to you.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051911

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'm in Seattle. I ended up sleeping on the street. May get kicked out of the shelter program due to complications, we'll see. How are you doing tonight? I know this must be an immensely stressful time. Any luck with getting things worked out with either shelter? Surprisingly, things are fine at the...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051911

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'm in Seattle. I ended up sleeping on the street. May get kicked out of the shelter program due to complications, we'll see. How are you doing tonight? I know this must be an immensely stressful time. Any luck with getting things worked out with either shelter? Surprisingly, things are fine at the...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051911

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I'm in Seattle. I ended up sleeping on the street. May get kicked out of the shelter program due to complications, we'll see.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051911

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

No
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8186
Views: 1051911

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

It's been a bad few years. I went from having a psychotic break to being diagnosed schizotypal to almost recovering to getting expelled from school due to mental health complications with only two semesters left to graduation, having my credit permanently ruined, and no possibility of continuing col...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 7255

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

Zamfir wrote:
Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:Bernie is shaping up to be America's Trotsky.

In charge of the red army, ousted once the enemies of the revolution have been defeated?


The false hope spot of a nation plunging headfirst into despotism.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 9
Views: 2077

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

It's more that the people with your attitude pathologically reject leadership by anyone who thinks and acts differently from the horrible pseud attitude you've exhibited. Insincerity is the only thing you'll accept as a sign of intelligence and a badge of leadership. To the point that you destroy pe...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 7255

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

Bernie is shaping up to be America's Trotsky.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 339
Views: 30399

Re: Science-based what-if questions

I have a rhetorical question, and anyone seriously interested in discussing the answer can PM me about it: Dr. James Gates Jr. discovered Error Correcting Code in String Theory. Why would there be error correcting code in the universe unless there are errors in the universe?
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3194
Views: 181214

Re: Trump presidency

The problem is that Trump is speaking like a New York tough guy, trying to get something for nothing through a confidence trick, while NK are speaking like suicidal people; ie, with hyper-specificity and unnatural calmness. The situation is basically that the mindset in North Korea is such that they...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 2554

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

A thought occurred to me. What if there are advanced alien civilizations, but they can't observe everything at once? However, they are capable of making extremely advanced inferences from limited information. Wouldn't it be a really bad idea to propagate information that might lead to faulty infere...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 2554

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

speising wrote:If they are so advanced that they can read our sf, i'd assume they are smart enough not to take it as description of reality, galaxy quest style.


It depends on how much of it, and us, is left to read at the point of reading, I imagine.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 2554

The ethics of writing hard science fiction

A thought occurred to me. What if there are advanced alien civilizations, but they can't observe everything at once? However, they are capable of making extremely advanced inferences from limited information. Wouldn't it be a really bad idea to propagate information that might lead to faulty inferen...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 4795

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The egg is saying that when he uses a word, it means what he wants it to mean, but the listener is hearing, when I hear a word, it means what I want it to mean. I'm not sure whether this is irony or not, but it's amusing.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 10252

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

I mean I fucked up but it was only like 35% potentially avoidable fuck up, and distributed in a really weird way that would have required better tools than I had access to in order to analyze. And I tried to access those tools. And tbh I didn't know where they were. I tried to access them and apply ...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 10252

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

And you're all idiots anyway because I was just trying to understand my dreams and I didn't write them.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 10252

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

And if you really cared about my bad communication you would just ask for clarification on one or more points anyway and not just cut off my hand. And if you weren't talking to me directly, you would point out the things you didn't understand so that if I came across whatever you were talking about ...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 10252

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

No, see, I was communicating badly on accident , and then I started trying harder and harder to communicate well, and the harder I tried the less I could communicate, and then I thought that maybe if I started to communicate badly on purpose people would be able to understand me, and it weirdly kind...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 10252

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

My current working theory is that there is a quantum component to consciousness, and that terrorism is caused by a principle of action at a distance in which people in the future try to model terrorist psychology using quantum computers, thus accidentally creating terrorist psychology in the past. B...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3241
Views: 555987

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamed I was in a great underground shopping mall, like the mines of Moria in Lord of the Rings. It went down and down and down. Something bad had happened, and they were closing off the lowest area, but I wanted to go down for the sake of nostalgia, because they had a food court there. I knew th...
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1777: "Dear Diary"
Replies: 7
Views: 2167

Re: Dear Diary

When you use a diary to record magical development it's called a Book of Mirrors.
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 9188

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675680

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

morriswalters wrote:
Assuming you mean a missile interceptor, consider the ramifications. If it works it creates an existential risk for an opponent. It suggests responses like putting nukes in low earth orbit.


Bring back Project Pluto
by Dr34m(4+(h3r
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675680

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Vahir wrote:Who writes this crap?


Mostly freelancers :cry:

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