RE: Four Years Later.

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 19:22:08 MDT

of course, this is true, justin, yeah.

An AI in the process of learning English could easily respond to the
qeustion "What is your name?" with "I don't understand"...

ben g

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf
> Of Justin Corwin
> Sent: Friday, April 19, 2002 6:39 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Four Years Later.
> Eliezer might have written:
> >
> >"What is your name?" is a question to which an AI will never correctly
> >reply
> >"I don't understand." "Error: Question incomprehensible" maybe,
> but not "I
> >don't understand."
> I think "I don't understand" is a perfectly valid response. It
> might be an
> 'automatic' response for a speech parsing error, or it may have
> noticed that
> it is missing a construct for self identification, and 'friendly error
> message' this into "I don't understand" for the programmer's benefit.
> Ideally, an AI in debugging mode would never give such vague and
> unhelpful(and possibly misleading) replies. But that doesn't mean that a
> seedAI might not throw such a statement out, correctly, from a subjective
> standpoint.
> The issue I have with this, why does my new team (Novamente) have
> to be the
> bad guys? :-(
> Eliezertron sounds a little paranoid, once Novamente can think
> well enough
> to understand things like Gates trying to assimilate vis parent corp., ve
> might just refuse to interact with humans because ve can't understand QED
> yet, or because ve is still in a feedback loop with a new chess
> game 'best
> possible move' recursion loop. Not everything UNfriendly is
> catastrophically
> unfriendly. Although, if i was E-tron, I would be asking them to bring in
> some spare microwaves.
> You know you can build a weapon that can light fires in light metals from
> 200 ft away from a microwave? That would be the perfect weapon against
> nanotech too.. why once i built a tesla coil and ...........
> <wanders offtopic>
> Justin Corwin
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