Re: Why do we seek to transcend ourselves?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jul 15 2002 - 07:20:52 MDT

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Because intelligence is the way to solve all problems. So whatever it
> is you want to do, you can do it most effectively with intelligence. The
> Singularity is a subgoal of everything. That's my reason.

Oops. I should have comprehension-checked that message. When I said
that intelligence is the way to solve all problems, I meant that
"intelligence is the means by which problems are solved" or "solvable
problems are solved with intelligence". What I said looks really
stupid, even in the context of "three-line summaries of Singularity
philosophy". Let me try again:

"Intelligence is the means by which problems are solved. Whatever you
want to do, or whatever you think is worth doing, you can do it more
effectively with greater intelligence. Intelligence is an end in itself
and a subgoal of everything else. That's why I care."

Up to four lines, but at least it makes sense now.

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

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