Re: "all your base" - distress call, or attack?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 13:31:52 MST

Patrick McCuller wrote:
> Your message was obviously intended to be funny, but it was mostly funny to
> me because of the core of truth in it. We should think about stuff like this.

Well, sure, that's why I posted it. If someone did try to lock a
superintelligence in a box, I think there's a pretty significant -
dominant, actually - probability that the SIIAB could take over a human
mind through a VT100 terminal. "All your base are belong to us" may not
be a superintelligent attack, but it's a demonstration that ASCII text can
affect us in very peculiar ways.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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