Re: [SL4] AI Ethics & Banning the Future.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Feb 16 2000 - 19:45:43 MST

From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>

Marc Forrester wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky: Thursday 17-Feb-00
> > Hypothesis? This ain't no hypothesis.
> O-kay. So replace 'Hypothesis' with 'Hypothetical Near-Future
> Situation [Fictional (Likely)] for Creative Cognition and Chat'.

No, what I meant is that it's already happening. The Norns have
trainable neural networks; they speak and can solve logical puzzles.
And, as the aforesaid webpage shows, certain people are having fun
torturing them.

> Yeesh. Pedantry from an SL4? We're all doomed.

That wasn't pedantry, of course, but even if it had been, I believe in
perfection. (Actually, since "perfection" implies stasis, I should
perhaps say that I believe in flawlessness.)

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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