Historical Simulations - Motivational, Ethical and Legal Issues

Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 23-42, August 2006

20 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2006 Last revised: 30 Aug 2014

Peter Jenkins

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Abstract

A future society will very likely have the technological ability and the motivation to create large numbers of completely realistic historical simulations and be able to overcome any ethical and legal obstacles to doing so. It is thus highly probable that we are a form of artificial intelligence inhabiting one of these simulations. To avoid stacking (i.e. simulations within simulations), the termination of these simulations is likely to be the point in history when the technology to create them first became widely available, (estimated to be 2050). Long range planning beyond this date would therefore be futile.

Keywords: Historical simulation, virtual world, artificial intelligence, massively multiple online role-playing games, ethics of clinical research, Moore's Law

JEL Classification: C70, C90, O30, K10

Suggested Citation

Jenkins, Peter, Historical Simulations - Motivational, Ethical and Legal Issues. Journal of Futures Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 23-42, August 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=929327

Peter Jenkins (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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