Re: FAI: Collective Volition

From: Philip Sutton (
Date: Mon May 31 2004 - 12:43:01 MDT

Hi Eliezer,

> Oh, c'mon, respecting self-determination doesn't require an FAI to be
> *that* much of a wimp. There isn't that much self-determination in
> today's world to respect. The average character in a science-fiction
> novel gets to make far more interesting choices than a minimum-wage
> worker; you could transport the entire human species into an alternate
> dimension based on a randomly selected anime and increase the total
> amount of self-determination going on. Not that I am advocating this,
> mind you; we can do better than that. I only say that if human
> self-determination is desirable, we need some kind of massive
> planetary intervention to increase it.

What happens if most ordinary humans don't want some or all of their
ground rules changed by a really friendly super AI dictator according to
its plan? What happens next?

Cheers, Philip

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