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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 December 2008 12:31AM

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Comment author: Richard_Hollerith2 20 December 2008 08:13:19PM 1 point [-]

Keep questioning, ShardPhoenix. And note that Eliezer never answered your question, namely, if you can modify yourself so that you never get bored, do you care about or need to have fun?

Sure, everyone living now has to attend to their own internal experience, to make sure that they do not get too bored, too sad or too stuck in another negative emotional state -- just like everyone living now has to make sure they have enough income -- and that need for income occupies the majority of the waking hours of a large fraction of current humanity.

But why would negative emotional states press any harder on an individual than poverty or staying disease free or avoiding being defrauded by another individual once we are able to design a general intelligence from scratch and to redesign our own minds? What is so special about the need for fun postsingularity that makes it worth a series of posts on this blog whereas, e.g., avoiding being defrauded postsingularity is not worth of series of posts?