thought experiment: a cat is in a box containing decaying nuclear material and poison gas. the box is on some trolley tracks. as the trolley approaches the box, it has all its parts systematically replaced so that no original part remains by the time it strikes the box. inside the trolley is a man receiving instructions on levers to pull in Chinese. do you take the money?
The first episode of Wildness, the new podcast by the Wild Animal Initiative, is out!
Sounds like something not written by a mathematician. In which context was it? Also, I have mostly seen the definition of "diverges to infinity" or "goes to infinity" for a sequence or a function without treating infinity as a number at all. It's just a phrase to describe the behaviour.
Unlimited computational power is the problem. There are hard physical limits to what can be done with the computer architecture we use currently. But on the other hand there is no reason why what is done with biological brains cannot be done better with other materials in principle. There is nothing magical or supernatural about brains.
If we managed to scan a whole animal brain, down to the details of the cells, understood enough about them to know what are the relevant mechanism at play, and coded them all into a computer, it is likely that it would be conscious. But again, this is incredibly difficult and very far from possible with the computers we have today.
Meowing is effective because cats are popular
I am coming back from an amazing weekend in Switzerland about suffering focused ethics. We talked about how to reduce suffering in the world in the most efficient way, in the long term, for all sentient beings. I had excellent deep discussions and feel more motivated than ever to make the world less bad on expected value as much as I can.
@pounce If you don't ask in a rude way, no, I don't think so.
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