Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Digression into AI

I was thinking the other day about the advent to true AI - an artificial mind, and that fraternal twin of a concept, uploading a human mind into a digital device.

When we have these, what are the criteria that determine if one copy of a digital mind is an individual? Making a new flesh person is a long process, and once made, their mind is their own thing. But a digital mind can be copied exactly to another unit (physical memory or whatever). Suppose digital minds are granted voting rights - what if they decide to replicate and register to vote? How could flesh minds ever win a democratic vote? Or should identical copies be considered just one mind, and any number of them count as just one "person"? But after a period of time, those copies would have different experiences and be different "people", would they not?

Just something to consider....

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