Wednesday, 10 May 2017
In An Emulation
Gaia is an AI system.
Within this system, there is not a simulation but an emulation.
Events within the emulation are as real as those of flesh and blood.
The emulation includes persons with free will.
These persons can be harmed like those with mortal bodies.
The computer model evolves in correspondence with the evolution of the modelled world.
The model includes life and consciousness.
The modelled organisms sense and think.
To them, they and their world are the same as the original.
The question which is more real is meaningless.
The system can create lives, awarenesses, histories and timelines or fantasy worlds with gods and magic.
Christian Brannock, downloaded into Gaia, stands in a formal garden on a bright day with mild breezes.
I checked this because of a recent combox discussion. See here. If, which I do not believe, biological human beings have immortal souls, created by God at their conceptions, then do the persons in the emulations, some of whom will believe that they have souls, in fact also have souls?