Re: SIAI's flawed friendliness analysis

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 13:33:25 MDT

Eliezer wrote:
> It seems
> to me that the optimal political scenario for ensuring FAI over UFAI calls
> for all researchers to have *exactly* equal resources and funding, so that
> the smartest researchers have an advantage.

This doesn't make sense to me...

First of all, this would not ensure that the smarters researchers had
advantage. It might well favor researchers with better social skills, who
could better enthuse others to join forces into a single large team.

Secondly, even if it DID give the smartest researchers an advantage, why do
you assume that smarter researchers are more likely to succeed at creating
FAI? It may be that smarter researchers would be able to create FAI
faster -- but even so, perhaps the qualities required to create FAI *better*
are different than the ones required to create it *faster*.

I don't know what the optimal political scenario is, but it's probably not
the one you cite. Anyway, the odds of the optimal political scenario --
whatever it is -- being achieved are probably lower than the odds of an FAI
spontaneously emerging from the moldy cheese in my refrigerator...

-- Ben

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