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But think to yourself, in the silent privacy of your thoughts if you must: And yet they will still die, and they will not deserve it.

And then another silent afterthought: "Oh," you think, "Letting bad things happen, even when I have some stupid principle to justify it, is still bad!"

^ It was a different topic, but basically, that's how I became a consequentialist.

I'm curious about this study's implications with regards to whole brain emulation as well. Based on my extremely limited understanding of mind-uploading, my initial thought is that scanning and uploading a specific individual's brain would not necessarily rely on a previously known model of human anatomy. The brain could look like noodles in a bowl of spaghetti and the appropriate mind-uploading technology should be able to accurately simulate that. Different people's brains look different, so it seems like the technology would need to be extremely sensitive to detect the exact, unique brain state of an individual (organization of fibers as well as molecular states). My second thought is that perhaps such technology would need to rely on a high-resolution model of the wiring in the average human brain, and would scan an individual's brain while using a general model as a "guide," I suppose.

I guess what I'm really saying is, I don't really have anything of substance to contribute... but would also love someone with more expertise to shed some light on this!