RE: continuity of self [ was META: Sept. 11 and Singularity]

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Sep 16 2002 - 13:51:20 MDT


[Aaron wrote]
> > I suggest you read the Evolutionary Psychology primer
> > ( Nature vs.
> > nurture is sillyness.

"Nature vs. nurture" is a pop-sci catch-phrase. But the question of how
much a given sort of behavior is biologically vs. culturally determined is
NOT silliness. Many very good scientists, who fully understand evolutionary
theory, spend their careers on questions of this sort.

> > It would seem that the only solution is to try to
> > accelerate a friendly singularity (friendly intentionally not
> > capitalized to denote a more general case).
> I don't think that is the only solution. Only solution
> scenarios are dangerous when/if the "only solution" fails to
> work out. [Samantha]

I agree that it's not possible to single out an "only solution" in a
situation of so much uncertainty.

However, that shouldn't stop us from analyzing possible solutions as to
their estimated probability.

And I still think that, based on all the evidence available, the Friendly AI
route has the highest chance of success, out of all the possibilities

But I can't make this statement with enough confidence to say that other
possible solutions shouldn't be avidly pursued too. As far as I can tell
right now, they should be.

-- Ben G

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