Re: One for the history books

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Aug 27 2001 - 14:10:34 MDT

Jimmy Wales wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> > If a human were a designed intelligence, that would be so. But the
> > evolved human psychology often has innate drives that are
> > normative-but-not-actual subgoals of other innate drives. There is a
> > specific emotion that creates the desire for fame, as such, apart from any
> > of its anticipated consequences. Evolutionarily, the desire exists
> > because of the reproductive benefits in the ancestral environment;
> > psychologically, it is an independent innate drive with a distinct feel to
> > it.
> While I think this is a very interesting theory, it should probably be pointed out
> that this is highly speculative and unproven, at least at the level of proof that
> we should desire when thinking practically about the hardcore implementation of
> intelligence.

Neither I nor Dani Eder will be able to offer experimental support for the
position "fame has independent hardware" or "fame is internally
represented as a subgoal" because neither neuroimaging nor neuropathology
has reached that level of granularity.

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

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