RE: Ethical theories

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Jan 31 2004 - 18:29:03 MST

> Now, at the risk of creating confusion where you may have been satisfied
> with the above, I will try to provide a bigger picture.
> I suspect that the axioms of such a natural ethical system may be (very
> roughly) something like this:
> I. Definition of "Self" and "Other".
> II. Maximize growth (complexity) of Self (this is limited by energy into
> the system, and some function of the interface between self and other.)
> III. Maximize diversity (this is recursive, since it means more ways to
> maximize growth)
> ... Others?

Practiced by a superhuman AI, wouldn't this ethical system lead to the AI
extending its Self over the entire universe?

-- Ben G

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