RE: Threats to the Singularity.

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Jun 23 2002 - 12:02:42 MDT

Say the Power has a value system in which life and intelligence are
considered important.

In this case, we are alive, and (from its perspective) slightly intelligent,
therefore we will have some value to it, but not a hell of a lot.

This is pragmatically the same as "general indifference coupled with mild
affection", modulo varying interpretations of the emotional overtones of the
words involved...

-- Ben G

> > What if its attitude toward us is "general indifference coupled
> with mild
> > affection"? Sort of like my own current attitude toward ants, say?
> How on *Earth* would a Power wind up with this attitude? I
> understand how a
> human winds up with this attitude with respect to ants, but how
> on *Earth*
> would it happen to a Power?
> --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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