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wallowinmaya comments on S-risks: Why they are the worst existential risks, and how to prevent them - Less Wrong Discussion

19 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 20 June 2017 12:34PM

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Comment author: wallowinmaya 21 June 2017 06:50:26AM 2 points [-]

The article that introduced the term "s-risk" was shared on LessWrong in October 2016. The content of the article and the talk seem similar.

Did you simply not come across it or did the article just (catastrophically) fail to explain the concept of s-risks and its relevance?

Comment author: cousin_it 21 June 2017 07:34:43AM *  2 points [-]

I've seen similar articles before, but somehow this was the first one that shook me. Thank you for doing this work!

Comment author: ignoranceprior 21 June 2017 07:12:55AM *  1 point [-]

And the concept is much older than that. The 2011 Felicifia post "A few dystopic future scenarios" by Brian Tomasik outlined many of the same considerations that FRI works on today (suffering simulations, etc.), and of course Brian has been blogging about risks of astronomical suffering since then. FRI itself was founded in 2013.

Comment author: Lumifer 21 June 2017 03:02:17PM *  0 points [-]

Iain Banks' Surface Detail published in 2010 featured a war over the existence of virtual hells (simulations constructed explicitly to punish the ems of sinners).