Re: poly: Controlling an SI?

From: Peter C. McCluskey <>
Date: Sun Jun 14 1998 - 07:26:34 PDT ("Nick Bostrom") writes:
>Peter C. McCluskey wrote:
>> I don't think such a line needs to be drawn. I think that any entity
>> which claims to have purchased, homesteaded, or have been given a piece
>> of property should have that claim evaluated without regard to the nature
>> of the entity making the claim.
>What about legal incapacity? What about a parrot that has learnt to
>say "This is mine."?

 Most parrots have trouble specifying what property they are referring to
and how they acquired ownership of it. And remember there will almost
always be an intelligence objecting that it has a better claim to
having acquired ownership of the property.
 I assume most owners would hire something like an insurance company
or a lawyer to speak for them when incapacitated if the government stopped
monopolizing that service.

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Received on Sun Jun 14 14:53:49 1998

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