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LINK: Human Bio-engineering and Coherent Extrapolated Volition

2 Post author: Mass_Driver 28 April 2012 01:40AM

This article has some interesting commentary on how humans might modify themselves to combat global warming, including the use of drugs that would increase empathy, increase willpower, or increase aversion to meat. The interviewer points out that such techniques could involve implanting non-native beliefs in people's minds, and the researcher responds that any such beliefs would be essentially built up out of the person's existing desires and wishes -- the analysis is remarkably similar to the analysis Eliezer gives in explaining Coherent Extrapolated Volition.

No hate mail about how meat does or doesn't cause global warming, please -- the interesting bit is the analysis of CEV, not the analysis of climate change.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/how-engineering-the-human-body-could-combat-climate-change/253981/

Comments (3)

Comment author: ParagonProtege 28 April 2012 03:13:29AM 0 points [-]

I have the impression that this article (or something very similar) has previously been linked to. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Comment author: XiXiDu 28 April 2012 08:41:44AM 1 point [-]

I have the impression that this article (or something very similar) has previously been linked to. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Maybe?

Comment author: ParagonProtege 28 April 2012 02:33:15PM 0 points [-]

It's an interesting piece, but that's not it.