Barbour, R.H. & Hopper, K. (1994). Survival of the species vs survival of the individual . (Working paper 94/14). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.
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This paper examines the relationships between human and computing entities. It develops the biological ethical imperative towards survival into a study of the forms inherent in human beings and implied in computer systems. The theory of paradoxes is used to show that a computer system cannot in general make a self-referential decision. Based upon this philosophical analysis it is argued that human and machine forms of survival are fundamentally different. Further research into the consequences of this fundamental difference is needed to ensure the diversity necessary for human survival.
- 1994 Working Papers