Re: SIAI seeking seed AI programmer candidates

From: Giu1i0 Pri5c0 (
Date: Thu Jun 03 2004 - 00:05:52 MDT

Michael, now you sort of scare me. The lesson I draw from History (of
course others may draw other lessons) is not to trust things done to
"save the world". This has some connotations of absolute truth that
may degenerate in distructive self-righteous, or worse, behaviour in
the hands of the wrong people. Remember the Inquisition, and be sure
that they burned people for the very purpose of saving their sinful
souls and the world. I know you guys are not the wrong people but you
never know who comes next and what their real motives can be.
Tell me that I should support the FAI project because it is
intellectually interesting, because some deserving young people can
make some money with it, because the FAI would solve this specific
problem, or in general because the outcome can improve some things for
some people. Saving the world is way too much.

On Wed, 2 Jun 2004 20:24:44 +0100 (BST), Michael Wilson
<> wrote:
> On any normal project, I would entirely agree with you. But again, for
> this project you have to believe that you are saving the world, and
> this is the best possible thing you could be doing with your life, for
> it to work.

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