Today's post, “Evicting” brain emulations, by Carl Shulman was originally published on November 23, 2008. A summary:


As new models of ems are created, slight improvements will let them outcompete old models. In a system in which ems can simply be "evicted", the bots will likely not be pleased about this system. If they are simultaneously smarter, faster, and better unified than biological humans, they could be quite dangerous.

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