Re: Darwinian dynamics unlikely to apply to superintelligence

From: Perry E. Metzger (
Date: Sun Jan 04 2004 - 21:36:30 MST

Robin Lee Powell <> writes:
> On Sun, Jan 04, 2004 at 07:24:21PM -0500, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:
>> > THEN you have a noticeable amount of selection pressure
>> Before we continue, might I ask you why you have such an
>> astounding vitriolic reaction to the idea that evolution might
>> continue?
> Well, for one thing, you're using completely different meanings of
> the word 'evolution'. Eliezer means evolution as a blind,
> non-directed series of changes over many generations, you apparently
> mean *any* iterative change process.

No, I mean any such process in which competing actors battle it out
for limited resources, with the losers being selected out. Natural
selection, in other words. The natural selection part IS blind, but
the choice of changes need not be by random mutation.


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