Re: Suicide by committee (was: How hard a Singularity?)

From: James Higgins (
Date: Thu Jun 27 2002 - 16:14:34 MDT

At 05:50 PM 6/27/2002 -0700, Michael Roy Ames wrote:
>James Higgins wrote:
> > Eliezer Y. wrote:
> > >
> > >CFAI is on the Web.
> >
> > ?
> >
> > Not certain how that relates to the point that more solutions to choose
> > from and take ideas from would be better.
> >
>James: What Eliezer is implying when he writes: "CFAI is on the Web" is that
>he has published his ideas and made them available for free, and has invited
>In a way, Eliezer has adopted your 'Advisory Committee' (AC) and done you
>one better. He is asking anyone, anyone at all, to poke holes in the
>design. Its like opening up the AC to the whole world, or at least those
>who have web access and an interest in the Singularity... (sort of a
>prerequisite I would imagine to saying something useful). Why would he do
>this? Because there very well maybe some poor legless nerd in
>Lesser-Albonia who understands the idea, and sees a problem... or better
>yet: see a problem-solution pair, and would be happy-as-a-clam sending the
>information to SIAI.

I understand this. What I don't understand is why his behavior on this
list appears to contradict his/those stated goals.

James Higgins

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