Re: poly: Why interest rates may stay low

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Tue Mar 03 1998 - 09:23:38 PST

Curt Adams writes:
>>I was assuming we have hard-wired [discount] rates tied to our rate
>>of subjective experience, so that we again have a factor of two
>>per subjective "20 years", which might be only a few seconds
>>of real time.
>I understand the principle, but I do think that if we know enough
>to upload, we'll know enough to play with temporal perceptions.
>Any built-in emotional responses to produce appropriate discounting
>- such as a certain demand for novelty slightly below production -
>ought to have already gone haywire in our society. A lot of
>people plan out their life spending fairly explicitly after the
>mid-30's or so. I think our discounts, then, may have a
>substantial rational component an upload will emulate without

You've completely lost me here. What is a "rational discount rate"?
How can we "play with temporal perceptions" of uploads, other than
by running them faster or slower?

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614
Received on Tue Mar 3 17:33:09 1998

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