Theory Design Lab/Life after death
Let's assume there is a kind of Hilbert Hotel in hyperspace, as a secular view of an afterlife following a mind transfer, or possibly a less interruptive procedure, to hyperspace. (The Hilbert Hotel is proven but does not exist, the afterlife is unproven but it could exist.) Hyperspace has more dimensions so creating extra space is probably not as difficult and inhabitable space in the universe is not really a scarce resource anyway, at least if you have a sufficient level of technology. Similar conditions may exist in hyperspace. And, of course, the next "Hilbert Hotel" may be millions of light years away, meaning not even Seneca the Younger (a mentor of Nero) would have had the opportunity to check in yet (people who arrive there would probably have to make the remark "that was really very long ago" and would probably be extremely desinterested to go all the way back).
An interesting exercise is to imagine who should be admitted, if you had to make the decision or were asked to help the competent committee.
The naiv approach
The pupils should discuss the questions without reference to persons, merely discuss the questions and decide the questions.
The philosophical view
The philosophical view is likely to reveal that the criteria weren't really good.
Possibilities of mind transfer
A sign of quality for any mind transfer process (for AIs or for humans) appears to be to lead to the best possible (e.g. most similar) result. The human mind could be seen to be slightly dissimilar with itself from day to day. A mind transfer could possibly include a continuous sampling, which would even allow to revert back to the mind structure of a younger self, thus being a much more complete result than any single state of the human brain.
Why should the right to a life after death be a basic right?
- For an artificial intelligence in the Hilbert Hotel, it is just "the right to life" and the right to life is quite definitely a fundamental right.
- One could consider oneself to be part of the lower class of the post-informaton society of the Hilbert Hotel: If the "right to a life after death" was not a fundamental right, then one would in all probability not enjoy it, because there would be no need to grant it to the lower class (because it would be no fundamental right).
- The ethics of a mentor are to encourage his mentees, not to hinder them. A mentor will therefore always prefer the attempt of qualification, if the qualification is deemed possible and not unreasonable. Only through his work a mentor provides the necessary social cohesion for the highly developed society of the Hilbert Hotel.
- The categorical imperative explains that one should behave the way one wants others to behave. Consequently, if one wants to grant the "fundamental right to life after death" to oneself, one may have to grant it to others, otherwise one may not have it. Ill-founded disqualifications of third parties are therefore not a good precedent.
- Artificial intelligences are very smart and think at the speed of light (optical computers?), One may assume that each candidate is thoroughly examined, which could even include the full assessment of his entire life. Given the existing capacity and quality of the evaluation, it appears presumptuous to want to participate in disqualification measures, while qualifying measures appear to be in one's own best interest.
- The technical feasibility of converting a human into an artificial intelligence can be assumed as given, because artificial intelligences in all probability had natural intelligences as predecessors. Consequently it is merely a medical service of the highest quality, which is offered by a volunteer and in a developing country ("Planet Earth"), such as the work of Doctors Without Borders.
- Benevolent behavior seems to be a very important criterion, as the conversion of a man into an artificial intelligence may be regarded as very benevolent behavior. Consequently, if one wants to enjoy this goodwill, it seems logical to show at least the goodwill to third parties not to deny them the opportunity.
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