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  1.  5
    Identity, Immortality, Happiness: Pick Two.Shimon Edelman - 2018 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 28 (1):1-17.
    To the extent that the performance of embodied and situated cognitive agents is predicated on fore- thought;such agents must remember; and learn from; the past to predict the future. In complex; non-stationaryenvironments; such learning is facilitated by an intrinsic motivation to seek novelty. A significant part of anagent’s identity is thus constituted by its remembered distilled cumulative life experience; which the agent isdriven to constantly expand. The combination of the drive to novelty with practical limits on memorycapacity posits a problem. (...)
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    The Value of Consciousness and Free Will in a Technological Dystopia.Allan McCay - 2018 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 28 (1):18-30.
    Yuval Noah Harari warns of a very pessimistic future for our species: essentially; that it may be superseded by non-conscious Artificial Intelligence that can do anything we can and more. This assumes that we are physically instantiated algorithms that can be improved on in all respects. On such an assumption; our labor will become economically worthless once AI reaches a certain level. This picture; however; changes markedly if we accept the views of David Hodgson in respect of consciousness; free will; (...)
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  3. Forever and Again: Necessary Conditions for “Quantum Immortality” and its Practical Implications.Alexey Turchin - 2018 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 28 (1).
    This article explores theoretical conditions necessary for “quantum immortality” (QI) as well as its possible practical implications. It is demonstrated that the QI is a particular case of “multiverse immortality” (MI) which is based on two main assumptions: the very large size of the Universe (not necessary because of quantum effects), and the copy-friendly theory of personal identity. It is shown that a popular objection about the lowering of the world-share (measure) of an observer in the case of QI doesn’t (...)
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