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Old January 30 2013, 12:11 AM   #31
Re: Emergency ....Medical? Hologram???

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It's a valid point that all holograms are not created equal. Instead of "holographic rights," the issue should be one of sentient rights in general, with any sentient being -- whether organic, silicone-based, cybernetic, psionic energy matrix, or whatever -- entitled to the same rights regardless of origin. Although then you do get into the tricky question of how to prove sentience and whether such tests are even ethical (do only AIs have to prove their sentience or should everyone have to?).

After all, strictly speaking, it's a bit inaccurate to refer to the Doctor or Moriarty as "a hologram." Rather, they are AIs that reside inside starship computer mainframes (or inside a mobile emitter or other computer unit) and that use holographic bodies as their interfaces with the physical world. So defining it in terms of the hologram rather than the animating AI is kind of missing the point.

I like you. By the same comparison we could be Higher dimensional AI's or higher dimensional beings ..that reside inside a higher mainframe ..and use organic bodies as interfaces to the physical world too you know

I think religion would call this a soul.
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Old January 30 2013, 12:29 AM   #32
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Re: Emergency ....Medical? Hologram???

Err... nothing to do with what I was saying, but... okay, if you like.

There's a hypothesis out there -- assuming that computer technology will eventually reach the point where computers can simulate vast numbers of entire universes, the probability that our universe is one such simulation greatly exceeds the probability that it's real, so we would most likely be just computer programs running in a vast software model. Or so the hypothesis claims. Of course, without evidence, it's just as much an article of faith as any religious belief.
Written Worlds -- Christopher L. Bennett's blog and webpage
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