Re: Educating an AI.

From: Helge Kautz (
Date: Tue Jul 09 2002 - 15:00:33 MDT

On 09.07.2002 21:20 Uhr, "Samantha Atkins" <> wrote:

>> [...]
>> And thereby breaking existing law (and possibly getting it's programmers
>> prosecuted because of data theft charges). Could this still be considered
>> friendly, or could it not?

> I consider much of our current IP law to be grossly Un-Friendly
> and a serious handicap to [even] human advancement. It is even
> technically illegal for me to digitize my own library and make
> it available wherever I have a net connection. Most parts of it
> I can only [legally] access by carrying around dumb slabs of
> dead trees! It is certainly illegal for me to share it [in
> electronic form] although I can loan out individual, original
> hard-copy books.

I certainly agree with you on this! However, would you really encourage an
AI, which is looking for knowledge, to disregard human laws and find ways to
circumvent the technical barriers enforcing them? Or are some laws so
obviously nonsensical that our AI would immediately uncover them as that?
How much needs ve to learn, before ve understands enough of human affairs to
get to such a judgement? How much of that which is required is buried beyond
said fences?


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