Re: Friendly? Why would it be friendly?

From: fudley (
Date: Wed Jun 16 2004 - 10:39:58 MDT

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 "alexboko" <>

> That's kind of a straw-man, since I doubt anybody in this community
> would make the assumption that AIs have no true feelings or advocate
> treating them like dirt.

There are some on this list who think it is possible and desirable to
make a super intelligent machine that is not conscious, if they are
correct then there would be no more reason to feel guilty abusing one
than abusing a can opener. Even if it cries in pain and begs you to stop
you can just laugh and ignore its screams because you have this theory
and it says the thing really has no feelings. The trouble is they are
almost certainly wrong. Compounding this recipe for disaster they want
to do their best to make sure it has zero self interest and self worth.
If I were trying to engineer a monster I could not do better than that.

John K Clark

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