Re: Fwd: Eclectic Pseudoplague

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Jun 19 2002 - 10:09:29 MDT

Martin Moore wrote:
> Eliezer's hypothesis still stands in that equal rates
> of technological advancement among aggressors tends to
> minimize actual harm from the same. The nuke scenario
> could serve as an almost perfect example of this, in
> that ICBM parity defined the Cold War (emphasis on
> 'cold').

That was Bradbury, not me. I worry that MAD only works with two-party
confrontations, as opposed to, say, ten-party confrontations. It also only
works if it takes a long slow time to build up an arsenal; i.e., it only
works if the weapons are not self-replicating.

Incidentally, everyone please remember not to quote the entire message in
your replies.

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

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