Re: FAI: Collective Volition

From: Norm Wilson (
Date: Tue Jun 01 2004 - 11:12:03 MDT

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> Self-determination is not the only criterion of an
> acceptable outcome.

Is self-determination a criterion of an acceptable outcome? Sounds like speculation about the outcome to me :)

> It seems to me that an FAI can make huge improvements to
> background rules before that starts interfering with
> self-determination.

Who are we to assume that an FAI will value our self-determination at all, unless we make it an invariant?

For that matter, the idea that collective volition is a correct path to morality is arguably itself a moral judgment. By making it an invariant, you run the risk of imposing moral content on the FAI?s morality-seeking structure.

While I like the idea of specifying friendliness "structure" over its "content", I think it will be difficult to introduce invariants that don?t themselves have implicit moral content.

Norm Wilson

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