I'd quite like to help read some of these. I strongly agree that a table read of the MIRI conversations would be good: given their conversational nature I think a lot of people would find them easier to approach as a recording than as a text log.
Also, my impression is that the Fable of the Dragon Tyrant got a lot out of having a nice video version. If the recordings go well it might be worth considering commissioning an accompanying video for the top prize winner at least.
Kind of. From a virtue ethicist standpoint, things that happen aren't really good or bad in and of themselves. It's not bad for a child to drown, and it's not good for a child to be saved, because those aren't the sorts of things that can be good or bad.
It seems very unintuitive if you look at it from a consequentialist standpoint, but it is consistent and coherent, and people who are committed to it find it intuitive.
I guess an equivalent argument from the other side would be something like "Consequentialists think that virtues only matter in terms of their consequences. But if someone were unknowningly in a simulation, and they were really evil, and spent all their time drowning simulated children, would they not be a bad person?"
Does that make sense?
Ah, thank you! I'll keep an eye on it.