RE: 'Singularity Realism' - A few thoughts

From: Chris Healey (
Date: Thu Mar 11 2004 - 11:50:56 MST

Ben, Samantha,

I had vaguely remembered reading some postings by Eliezer alluding to
the fact that he thought it would be irresponsible to develop FLARE
without a more well-defined idea of Friendliness Theory, since it
would contribute to accelerated AGI progress, without comparable
benefits to Friendly AGI development.

Upon a bit of searching, I am unable to track down any references to
whatever I THOUGHT I had read, so I most definitely retract that
comment. I believe that I crosswired it with a similar discussion
some individuals were having on #SL4, from a few months ago.

Thanks for the bugcheck :)

-Chris Healey.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf
> Of Ben Goertzel
> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 1:00 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: 'Singularity Realism' - A few thoughts
> Chris,
> Samantha is right -- the FLARE language project stalled
> because Eliezer decided to spend time on other things so he
> farmed the project out to others; and the individuals who
> took the project over from him, seem not to have found
> time/motivation to push it rapidly toward completion.
> FLARE had some cool ideas in it, but so do a lot of other
> researchy programming languages. In my view, it was not a
> usable programming language, though potentially a great deal
> of further work could have turned it into one.
> BTW, a nontrivial percentage of the ideas in FLARE are also
> present in contemporary aspect-oriented programming languages.
> -- Ben G

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