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What scientific ideas should society get rid of?
I think there will be many ways of achieving AI, including self-evolving a-life of this sort, as well as partial emulation of human and other animal minds, and perhaps simply designing minds from scratch (although this approach isn't getting very far at the moment). The end result will be a zoo of very different kinds of AI, some as self-aware as humans, some less so, and some with even more acute awareness of its internal state.

The one option that is specifically ruled out in OA is that Whole Brain Emulation and Uploading comes first; this seems to rule out Robin Hanson's scenario of an upload-driven economy, at least on the pre-nanoswarm Earth, although it has probably happened many times elsewhere in the Terragen Sphere.

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RE: What scientific ideas should society get rid of? - by stevebowers - 01-26-2014, 02:33 AM

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