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Posted 05 June 2011 - 01:24 AM
Posted 05 June 2011 - 01:36 AM
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers. - Carl Sagan
Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:33 AM
Assuming we are able to master the art of living forever and fully immersive virtual reality environments. It would be theoretically possible to create our own version of hell. By that I mean constant incredibly painful suffering on somebody for more or less eternity. And forget getting used to the pain, it could be designed so that the pain always appears to be getting worse by messing with the nerve endings and whenever a nerve dies it could be replaced with a brand new one for a load more suffering. Also you could never go unconscious and have a break (again just mess with the brain so this can't happen). Also you could mess with their memory so they always think they've been in there 1000 times longer than they actually have. Throw in some fiery visual effects and you're sorted.
Now using this on real people would probably be frowned upon, and I would hope incredibly illegal (if law still exists as such). But assuming we give people full control in their own personal little virtual worlds, they could create millions of digital people who in terms of thought processes are identical to human beings in every way. Then the creator could play God and if people didn't obey him and worship him he could send them to this lovely sounding hell he's created for eternity. He could make a heaven as well, but if he's particularly twisted it'll just be a trick and it turns out everybody goes to hell as the one true god was actually one he never told anyone about who lives in space and never intervenes with real life, and worshipping any other god, or none at all is obviously a one way ticket to hell.
Now personally I think this is horrible and I think digital people who are just as aware and cognitive in their virtual worlds as we are in ours deserve equal human rights. Anyway in conclusion, I hope we're not in one of these worlds.
I've considered this very scenario. It is indeed very scary. I think there would be measures in place to prevent this.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 03:03 PM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:19 PM
"Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone."
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