RE: Ben's "Extropian Creed"

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 22:00:46 MST

It seems to me that in any resource-limited environment populated by
autonomous agents
 -- before or after the
Singularity -- it will be true that greater power/intelligence/ability leads
social dominance....

You disagree with this?

Of course, humans have particular biological quirks as regards social
dominance, but the
desire on the part of each agent for more resources is pretty much an
inevitable consequence
of evolution... which leads at least to a kind of abstract social dominance


> The idea that only in our oddly perverted, evolved worldview is there any
> connection whatsoever between greater power/intelligence/ability
> and social
> dominance - that things after the Singularity can be totally
> different, and
> that this is in fact the *default* scenario - well, like I said,
> you need to
> be deeply into evolutionary psychology and futurism before that kind of
> thinking becomes natural.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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