Re: A branch point

From: Thomas Buckner (
Date: Thu May 27 2004 - 00:06:06 MDT

--- Philip Sutton
<> wrote:
> While writing my last message I had a thought.
> Human society, at least on the Earth, will be the
> source of the first self-
> improving AGI.......
> But human society already has many and perhaps soon
> will have many
> more AGI development projects......
> And human society moves more slowly than what will
> be possible for a
> self-improving AGI.
> So, everything else being equal, the first 'AGI to
> reach awareness of
> human society' will realise that the continued
> existence of human
> society will (due to inertia if nothing else) lead
> in time to the creation of
> more AGIs either from the same group that created
> the first 'AGI to
> reach awareness of human society' or from other
> groups .
> Maybe the attitude that the first 'AGI to reach
> awareness of human
> society' has to humanity will be shaped more by its
> feelings about
> sharing the universe with *other AGIs* than it will
> be related to how it
> feels about continuing to share a bit of local space
> with humans.
> For the sake of humanity's continued survival I
> think it will be important
> that the first AGIs are structured/brought up to be
> social in nature - ie.
> looking forward to the company of other AGIs [and
> humans and other
> sentients - should there be any elsewhere in the
> universe(s)]. Otherwise
> if an actively *anti-social* AGI emerges early on it
> might try to make it's
> future more agreeable by 'taking out' not only any
> other AGIs in
> development but also the source of the AGIs ie.
> humans.
> Cheers, Philip

Oooh, I think you make a good point.


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