Re: Volitional Morality and Action Judgement

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 12:18:37 MDT

On May 24, 2004, at 8:14 AM, Ben Goertzel wrote:

>>> SIAI and similar efforts play a valuable role in promoting
>> discussion
>>> and raising awareness of our accelerating times. AI will
>> play a very
>>> large role in our future, but many on this list may be
>> surprised what
>>> will be done without requiring machine sentience and recursive self
>>> modification. I believe these too will come, but we have to survive
>>> the global maturing of humanity before then.
>>> - Jef
> Jef,
> I agree that humanity, in its current condition, does not come anywhere
> near to actualizing its true potential.
> However, it doesn't follow from this that the global maturing of
> humanity must or will occur prior to machine sentience, recursive AI
> self-modification, etc.

I don't think that that was what was said above. It looks more like
saying that SAI is not likely to arrive soon enough for humanity to
survive unless humanity matures substantially. This I suspect is true.

- samantha

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