Re: superintelligence and ethical egoism

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Jun 01 2001 - 23:04:18 MDT

Gordon Worley wrote:

> I think that we treat animals that display self awareness in a
> different way, because they have to potential for volition. Animals
> like whales, dolphines, apes, et al. get treated pretty well, except
> for by some who think that they could get something out of it or are
> just lazy and don't care if they kill them off or not.
> Here is another thing: an egoistic AI would only be interested in
> other individuals, not species. Ve could care less what happens to
> humans, be ve might take an interest in a few humans and see to it
> that they are uploaded before all of the nearby space is turned into
> computronium.

On what grounds would an AI be only interested in individuals?
I would think it would take some interest in the fate of the
species that brought it into being.

- samantha

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