If you somehow had control over whether or not you would create conscious beings (or highly complex automata able to "experience"), would you create them? I wouldn't. Of course, being the conscious being I am, if I were to stumble upon some magical button which, when pressed, would terminate all conscious beings in the Universe, I would find it hard to press it. Firstly, because I have a biologically-given aversion to death. Secondly, because even though there is much evil on Earth, I am sure the majority of conscious beings want to live. But I mean before we all existed. Before any conscious being existed. Would you create them or not? Post your thoughts.