Hacking the CEV for Fun and Profit

It’s the year 2045, and Dr. Evil and the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute have been in a long and gru­el­ing race to be the first to achieve ma­chine in­tel­li­gence, thereby con­trol­ling the course of the Sin­gu­lar­ity and the fate of the uni­verse. Un­for­tu­nately for Dr. Evil, SIAI is ahead in the game. Its Friendly AI is un­der­go­ing fi­nal test­ing, and Co­her­ent Ex­trap­o­lated Vo­li­tion is sched­uled to be­gin in a week. Dr. Evil learns of this news, but there’s not much he can do, or so it seems. He has suc­ceeded in de­vel­op­ing brain scan­ning and em­u­la­tion tech­nol­ogy, but the em­u­la­tion speed is still way too slow to be com­pet­i­tive.

There is no way to catch up with SIAI’s su­pe­rior tech­nol­ogy in time, but Dr. Evil sud­denly re­al­izes that maybe he doesn’t have to. CEV is sup­posed to give equal weight­ing to all of hu­man­ity, and surely up­loads count as hu­man. If he had enough stor­age space, he could sim­ply up­load him­self, and then make a trillion copies of the up­load. The rest of hu­man­ity would end up with less than 1% weight in CEV. Not perfect, but he could live with that. Un­for­tu­nately he only has enough stor­age for a few hun­dred up­loads. What to do…

Ah ha, com­pres­sion! A trillion iden­ti­cal copies of an ob­ject would com­press down to be only a lit­tle bit larger than one copy. But would CEV count com­pressed iden­ti­cal copies to be sep­a­rate in­di­vi­d­u­als? Maybe, maybe not. To be sure, Dr. Evil gives each copy a unique ex­pe­rience be­fore adding it to the gi­ant com­pressed archive. Since they still share al­most all of the same in­for­ma­tion, a trillion copies, af­ter com­pres­sion, just man­ages to fit in­side the available space.

Now Dr. Evil sits back and re­laxes. Come next week, the Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute and rest of hu­man­ity are in for a rather rude sur­prise!