Episode 32: Technological Immortality and Secular Hell
Richard Brown and Pete Mandik debate the following proposal: The worst thing you can imagine happening to you is an event that has a non-zero probability of occurring at any given moment, and the longer you stay alive, the greater the chances become of that thing happening at some point in your lifetime. Would literally infinitely-lived immortals necessarily run into their own worst imaginable hell? Would even finite, but long-lived transhuman lifespans increase their chances of suffering by increasing their time alive? Would any amount of possible pleasure make it worth risking the worst imaginable suffering? Along the way we talk a little physics and a little Buddhism. Are interpretations of quantum mechanics the place where explanations go to bottom out? What are the physical prospects of the universe itself not dying? If you can achieve, in a single moment, a conscious experience of eternity, what’s the point of having more than one such experience?
(Video source: @YouTube)
- Pete Mandik Review of Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
- Eliezer Yudkowsky Torture vs. Dust Specks
- Anchordoqui et al Stringy origin of diboson and dijet excesses at the LHC
- K.C. Cole Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox
- The Law of Large Numbers @Wikipedia