RE: Why FAI Theory is both Necessary and Hard (was Re: SIAI's flawed friendliness analysis)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun May 11 2003 - 08:24:53 MDT

I agree, Cliff.

Human history is full of twisted atrocities that are "hard to believe" --
except that they actually happened.

-- Ben G

> Not to say I agree with every detail of the above -- I think Ben
> raises some valid questions re para 4. For me, this sentence in para
> 6 jumped out:
> ESY> I find it hard to believe that any human truly capable of
> ESY> learning and understanding that art would use it to do something
> ESY> so small and mean.
> You "find it hard to believe"? _I_ find it hard to believe you would
> use such a phrase casually or unintentionally, without awareness
> of the implications. *Especially* when such a statement is made about
> a probability of the form P(small & mean | capable)...
> --
> Cliff

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