Re: Singularity Institute volunteer meeting this Sunday @ 7 PM EST

From: Paul Hughes (
Date: Thu Mar 25 2004 - 08:28:39 MST

--- Tommy McCabe <> wrote:
> 1. Make SIAI's website more shocking and
> user-friendly
> to encourage visitors

On the surface, this appears to be an oxymoron. If
you make it too shocking, people are going to get the
wrong idea, and like the potential of nanotechnology,
you could get a backlash like we've seen with GM
crops, and Chrichton's Prey. How we present the
challenge/threat/promise of SAI is aboslutely

> 6. Get rid of all the anthropomorphicisms,
> misinterpretations, and cluelessness surrounding AI
> today

That's a good idea, but you're going to need some
anthropomorphisms as part of guiding people from their
current conceptions of SAI to more accurate ones. You
can't douse someone with cold water. although you'll
wake them up, they will be so angry, they are unlikely
to listen to you after that. I'm speaking here from
personal experience in many people's impression of
Eli's writings.

Paul Hughes

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