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MikeJohnson comments on Principia Qualia: blueprint for a new cause area, consciousness research with an eye toward ethics and x-risk - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: turchin 09 December 2016 02:41:53PM 6 points [-]

I agree on your main premises - about importance of qualia, especially from the point of x-risks. For example, if humans will be uploaded, but without qualia, they will become p-zombies.

If qualia of extreme pleasure could be created and transferred, super-addictive drug epidemic will happen.

I have been thinking about qualia a lot and have some theories, but now I am concentrated on another topic.

Comment author: MikeJohnson 09 December 2016 05:50:20PM *  4 points [-]

Yes, it would be quite civilizationally embarrassing to accidently p-zombie ourselves... more generally, it seems valuable to understand tradeoffs in consciousness. This seems to be an important component in any far-future planning.

Also- Andres has done some interesting exploratory work re: defining the problem of future drug epidemics, and discussing game-theoretic considerations.

Comment author: turchin 09 December 2016 07:36:47PM 1 point [-]

If we make an AGI which doesn't have qualia, it will probably will prove that no such thing exist and proceed with p-zombie us.

So in may be better to pursued the way to AGI which probably will provide it with qualia, and one such way is human upgrade