RE: No need to rush AGI development?

From: Mike Williams (
Date: Sun May 18 2003 - 20:08:23 MDT

According to the keepers of the "Doomsday Clock", the world's risk for
nuclear destruction is still lower than it was in 1947. Some of us remember
the 60s: having nuclear attack drills in school, and neighbors building
bomb shelters in their backyards. Every generation tends to think they'll
be the last, yet somehow the world manages to keep going.

Mike W.

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Gordon
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: No need to rush AGI development?

On Sunday, May 18, 2003, at 08:29 PM, Philip Sutton wrote:

> You've suggested that there's no need to rush the development of
> AGIs.
> I've been trying to work out what might encourage people to be in a
> hurry.

Aging is the least of our worries. Personally, I don't think I'll die
a natural death, and not because of an accident or murder or some such
thing. We're only a few wrong political moves from nuking the planet
or releasing deadly chemical and biological weapons. 150,000 people
die every day, many of them from starvation.

It's a race between those who want to develop Friendly AI (and any of
its kin, but I know of no serious alternative theories) and existential

Gordon Worley                      "The only way of finding the limits             of the possible is by going beyond                     them into the impossible."
PGP:  0xBBD3B003                                    --Arthur C. Clarke

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