From: Brian Atkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 30 2000 - 19:57:06 MDT
Ben, I'd just be happy if you guys started making some money and IPOed :-)
Tell your investor newsletter guys that it's been a long dry summer newswise.
(Brian the investor in Intelligenesis...)
Ben Goertzel wrote:
> I really doubt this is true... I don't think that anyone will be hunted down
> or otherwise
> harassed until demonstrable superhuman intelligence has been ACHIEVED
> For instance, I've had a start-up company devoted to creating superhuman
> intelligence for
> 3 years now, and no one has harassed me, because NO ONE BELIEVES WE CAN
> REALLY DO IT...
> Once the thinking machine is demonstrated -- ~then~ we'll have to start to
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf
> > Of Josh Yotty
> > Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2000 8:05 PM
> > To: Sl4
> > Subject: About that E-mail:...
> > I'm willing to bet the people working toward superhuman
> > intelligence will be hunted down. Of course, the people hunting
> > us down will be irrational, ignorant, narrowminded and stupid. If
> > I remember correctly, less than ten percent of the world's
> > population can be classified as rational. (This is temperament.
> > Check out what I mean at http://www.keirsey.com)
> > Images of the Salem witch trials come to mind. We probably will
> > not be safe. People will automatically think that we are trying to:
> > A) Take over the world.
> > B) "Purify" the world by killing most of humanity
> > C) Any other stupid reason you can think of.
> > Humanity, as a whole, is stupid. America is made up of media
> > zombies who act on gossip and whims, and rumors. Having an
> > original and true thought really hurts. In fact, Bill Joy's "Why
> > the future doesn't need us" on Wired had a writing from Kazynski
> > (I know that's not how it is spelled; you know, the Unabomber)
> > that stated, basically, superhuman intelligence would either
> > destroy us all or take away all meaning from life.
> > Well, anyway, we might have to move to another country or
> > gradually introduce the concept to other people or not inform the
> > general public (either not saying anything or hiding it behind
> > lots of technospeak, computer jargon, and large-word gobbledygook).
> > What do you think?
> > Josh Yotty
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-- Brian Atkins Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence http://www.intelligence.org/
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