Re: Universal Uplift as an alternative to the Sysop scenario

From: Declan McCullagh (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 21:55:19 MST

Is it just me, or do other folks think of a Java applet when
people talk about a Friendly superintelligence letting us play
in a sandbox? :)


On Mon, Mar 19, 2001 at 01:13:56PM -0800, Mitchell Porter wrote:
> Eliezer says occasionally that the Sysop scenario
> is just a *guess* as to what a Friendly super-AI
> would choose to do. I think people would be more
> likely to remember this if there was another
> scenario on offer, and in fact my own default
> picture of a Friendly Singularity is this other
> one, of Universal Uplift.
> The basic meaning is presumably clear, although
> variations on it are possible (uplift sentients
> of Earth; uplift non-sentients as well; uplift
> all sentients ever within reach, whether alien
> or Earth-evolved). The essential idea: if
> everyone is a Friendly superintelligence, who
> needs a Sysop? Only the non-sentient, the newly
> sentient, and the not yet uplifted.
> The obvious criticism of Universal Uplift is
> a Borg-like imposition; which is why I think of
> it working by enticement rather than imposition.
> In effect, the uplifter leaves a trail of
> crumbs for the upliftee to follow, and by the
> time you reach the end of the trail, you're a
> Friendly superintelligence.
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