Effective(?) AI Jail

From: sunrise2000@mediaone.net
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 14:56:16 MDT

I have a proposal for an escape-proof AI jail. Please post if you find any

        The seed AI program, a computer, and a human observer are placed in
        a black box. Assume that the computer is operating on battery power
        and that the human has sufficient food/water/O2 to last the duration
        of the experiment. A wire is run into the box. Before entering the
        box, the human agrees with those running the experiment to use the
        wire for communication and their protocol is agreed upon: when the
        human raises the voltage on the wire, the experiment is finished,
        the computer is shut down, and the human is let out of the box.
        Assuming that the computer has no way of manipulating the physical
        environment within the box (which could endanger the human), it
        would seem that such a setup would be a safe way of experimenting
        with non-friendly AI.


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