Re: A Value System

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jun 18 2002 - 14:56:26 MDT

Dani Eder wrote:
> It is my opinion that such a value system would
> be easy for an AI to use, as values would be
> measured in bits.

Why? Because "AIs" have something to do with "computers" and "computers"
have an aura of association with "bits"? Why should an AI find it natural
to measure values in bits any more than a human finds it natural to measure
values in atoms or grams? Bits, like atoms, can be organized in ways that
give them value, but that does not mean the value is necessarily measured in

Note that I am not objecting (in this message) to your theory of values as
such, just to the statement that measuring values in bits is any more
natural to an AI than to a human.

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

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