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Wei_Dai comments on Value Uncertainty and the Singleton Scenario - Less Wrong

8 Post author: Wei_Dai 24 January 2010 05:03AM

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Comment author: Wei_Dai 24 January 2010 11:45:52AM 2 points [-]

The idea is that if one big organism arises, you get at least as much utility as if it has a small chance of being you (but probably more), because if the big organism can't figure out how to merge everyone's values, it can always pick someone randomly and use his or her values. See also this related comment.

Comment author: timtyler 24 January 2010 12:14:29PM *  1 point [-]

It still doesn't make much sense to me. The "if" statement seems simply silly: governments simply do not pick someone at random and devote their country's resources to fulfilling their wishes. They don't try and "merge everyone's values" either. The whole thing seems like an idea from another planet to me.