Wei_Dai comments on An Argument for Why the Future May Be Good - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Wei_Dai 20 July 2017 07:50:49PM 15 points [-]

What lazy solutions will look like seems unpredictable to me. Suppose someone in the future wants to realistically roleplay a historical or fantasy character. The lazy solution might be to simulate a game world with conscious NPCs. The universe contains so much potential for computing power (which presumably can be turned into conscious experiences), that even if a very small fraction of people do this (or other things whose lazy solutions happen to involve suffering), that could create an astronomical amount of suffering.

Comment author: JesseClifton 20 July 2017 10:02:22PM 8 points [-]

Lazy solutions to problems of motivating, punishing, and experimenting on digital sentiences could also involve astronomical suffering.

Comment author: Ben_West  (EA Profile) 20 July 2017 11:06:43PM 5 points [-]

Yes, I agree. More generally: the more things consciousness (and particularly suffering) are useful for, the less reasonable point (3) above is.