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MichaelAnissimov comments on Failed Utopia #4-2 - Less Wrong

52 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 January 2009 11:04AM

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Comment author: MichaelAnissimov 21 January 2009 07:42:22PM 7 points [-]

The verthandi here sounds just as annoyingly selfless and self-conscious as Belldandy is in the series. Don't these creatures have any hobbies besides doing our dishes and kneeling in submissive positions?

Comment author: TuviaDulin 01 April 2012 07:33:58PM 9 points [-]

Presumably, your own personal verthandi(s) would have other hobbies, because you would want them to.

Comment author: pnrjulius 06 June 2012 10:03:02PM 9 points [-]

Right, and that's exactly the point. She is your best possible partner---including being sentient, being intelligent, etc. I honestly have trouble seeing what's wrong with that.

Comment author: TuviaDulin 07 June 2012 08:14:15AM 1 point [-]

The fact that she was designed just for me...that in itself would ruin it for me.

Comment author: bzealley 07 August 2012 01:19:03PM 1 point [-]

It's a bit questionable if the relationship is one way, but it could be designed to be a symmetric "best" for the companion too. Okay, more CPU cycles, but this reeks of hard take-off, which probably means new physics...

Also, a bit more technically but I hope worth adding - if the companion already exists in any possible world, the fact that you engineer a situation where you are able to perceive one another isn't creating a pattern ex nihilo, it's discovering one. Takes some of the wind out of the argument, although you still certainly have a point on privacy if the relationship is asymmetric.