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Please complete a survey to influence EU animal protection policies

Thank you for sharing your commentary for the final question. Here I copy mine for inspiration:

"I additionally request ban of octopus farming, fur farming, forced feeding for ducks and geese, more protection for fish and invertebrates, and traditional/leisure activities involving animal suffering such as whaling, bullfighting and bull running, cock fighting, dog fighting, horse fighting, or dog sledding."

Digital People Would Be An Even Bigger Deal

I’ve read the whole series of posts and agree with most things, about these technologies coming soonish and that we need to pay more attention to them to avoid bad outcomes. But regarding “these effects could be a very good or a very bad thing”, I can only agree with the latter – I can’t imagine that the scenarios described can be a good thing.

Did you ever get something very easily and wished it’d have been harder to get? Why do some people like baking if it’d be much easier to just go to the bakery? I bet that when you eat your own cake you feel more fulfilled. But what if the alternative (getting a cake without needing to bake it) would be as easy as pressing a button? What if you continuously see your friends with fancy cakes they got by just pressing a button? Would your motivation to bake one yourself decrease? I bet for most people it would. 

For making my point, I don’t differentiate between humans, their duplicators, and digital people, as most of the following would apply to all of us. My first premise is that, to consider a possible future scenario positive, it’d need to make us happier/more profoundly satisfied (not just short-term satisfaction). I hope you agree with me on that one. Next, we evolved having a balance between desires and satisfaction of them: we want to achieve goals because we know that by doing that, we’ll feel satisfied. However, most of the satisfaction actually comes from the expectation of getting something. Therefore, if immediate and complete fulfillment of short-term desires (e.g., satisfying hunger by pressing a button, getting any piece of clothing we want by pressing a button, or even getting a complete “plastic surgery” by pressing a button) becomes the norm, we won’t experience the satisfaction that we get on the process of achieving something. An extreme example would be our “purpose in life”. If we know that we can fulfill our “purpose in life” by pressing a button, we may feel compelled to do so. But by doing so (and the same with all other smaller purposes/desires), we’re left with barely any motivation to do anything. I can imagine this being the case for most people in such a future scenario, especially for those copies created for temporary purpose which would then retire to a “nice virtual life”. That sounds terribly depressing. It seems that the only way to feel some sense of satisfaction for a long period of time would be to continuously activate our dopaminergic system… by pressing a button. Not a life I’d like to live. Would you? (And if we’re able to manipulate our brains such that we can be in constant bliss forever without doing anything, it still sounds kind of boring – and we’d have no motivation to do anything, so we’d be locked-in.)

In short, I believe that a big part of enjoying life comes from working to fulfil our desires. Therefore, if we get them satisfied without any work, we’d lose motivation in life, feeling severely depressed, not wanting to live anymore. That’d be one of my main concerns about the future scenario described in this series of posts. Any thoughts welcome :)