From: Ben Goertzel (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Dec 12 2000 - 19:58:01 MST
> > Choice of new goals is not a rational thing: rationality is a tool for
> > achieving goals, and dividing goals into subgoals, but not for
> > replacing one's goals with supergoals....
> *This* is the underlying fallacy of cultural relativism. Even if
> rationality does not suffice to *completely* specify supergoals, this does
> not mean that rationality plays *no* role in choosing supergoals.
Sure, I'll buy that clarification.
I do tend to be a bit of a cultural relativist, though, I must admit.
> Do you really believe that you can alter someone's level of intelligence
> without altering the set of supergoals they tend to come up with?
Sometimes.... Surely, I know some very intelligent people whose supergoals
the same as those of much less intelligent people (Beer, T&A, ... ;)
> And overriding evolution's supergoals with a verbally transferred
> supergoal (as your schema would seem to have it?) is an evolutionary
> advantage because?
Because culture can adapt faster than biological evolution, I suppose.
> Instead of the AI suddenly waking up one morning and realizing that it can
> modify itself instead of waiting around for you to do it, there can be a
> smooth transition - a continuum - so that when the AI does "wake up one
> morning", it has an experiential base that guides its very fast
This is surely correct
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