Re: Making HAL Your Pal

From: Declan McCullagh (
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 12:28:53 MDT

If you want me to take action, it makes sense to address your comments
to me, rather than a third party or a mailing list I read infrequently.

That said, I'm not going to change the article or "rewrite" it.


On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 08:20:47PM -0700, Arona Ndiaye wrote:
> Greetings to each and everyone,
> Eliezer... Declan McCullagh should 're-write' this article or do a sequel,
> Quotes from the article:
> 1. "Yudkowsky's reason for shunning formal education is that he believes the
> danger of unfriendly AI to be so near..."
> Is it so ? Has it not got more to do with being a CSX ?
> 2. "Of course, some of the brightest people in the world, including Nobel
> laureates, have spent decades researching AI -- friendly or not -- and have
> failed to realize their dreams..."
> Why isn't a distinction made between Friendly AI and Classical AI ?
> 3."The only problem is that academics don't seem interested. When asked for
> comment, one well-known researcher said in response to the essay: "Worthless
> speculation. Call me when you have running code."..."
> Which academics ? Did Declan McCullagh do a study on this ? Since when does
> "one well-known researcher" mean "all of the researchers" or "most of the
> researchers" ?
> I could carry on 'till next year. This is just
> typical-boring-semi-sensational "Wired News" journalism... This article (not
> intending to offense anyone - I honestly could care more if I did but I do
> not[care]) is misleading and it sucks. Period.
> Most kind regards,
> Arona, *annoyed, disappointed but hey... not surprised =) *

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