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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: computer emulation of people
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 17:24:17 -0000

Re-creation of people by computer emulation has already been done, right
now, and demonstrated on BBC television. However it is better called
simulation - I can see no possible argument that suggests the "people" on
computer can think and feel for themselves. They are just units which real
people can interact with (by typing in conversation like email) as though
they were emailing a real person. Also I do not know what happens if you try
all sorts of searching questions. The BBC don't appear to have given their
creation an email address, which is a pity. They just asked it a few
questions to make the points their script wanted to make. Anyone wishing to
see the item which is a 1MB windows media player 7 file can email me and I
will send it. You can download Windows Media Player 7 for Windows 95 or 98
free from the Microsoft web site. If you have WindowsME it is included.

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
my homepage links to Longevity Report, Fractal Report, music, Inventors'
report, an autobio and various other projects:
http://www.autopsychoice.com - should you be able to chose autopsy?

> Message #14828
> From: 
> As for Perry's universal resurrection in the far future, through
> of people by computer emulation, this would not necessarily be a death
> as far as I can see. If emulation would work at all in the sense of
> feeling beings--which I doubt--the future programmers might just choose to
> create or re-create pleasant scenarios, not nasty ones.

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