Nikola's Shortform

post by Nikola · 2022-04-07T01:19:28.273Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

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comment by Nikola · 2022-04-07T01:19:28.456Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Skipping time to determine net positivity of experience

[inspired by a conversation with Robi Rahman]

Imagine that it’s possible to skip certain periods of time in your life. All this means is you don’t experience them, but you come out of them having the same memories as if you did experience them.

Now imagine that, after you live whatever life you would have lived, there’s another certain 5000 years of very good life that you’ll live that’s undoubtedly net positive. My claim is that, any moments in your life you’d prefer to “skip” are moments in which your life is net negative.

I wonder how many moments you'd skip?

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comment by mic (michaelchen) · 2022-04-07T02:55:16.409Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I've considered this before and I'm not sure I agree. If I'm at a +10 utility for the next 10 years and afterwards will be at +1,000,000 utility for the following 5,000 years, I might just feel like skipping ahead to be feeling +1,000,000 utility, simply from being impatient about getting to feel even better.

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comment by Nikola · 2022-04-07T14:32:58.136Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I agree, to clarify, my claim assumes infinite patience.