Re: Visualizing muddled volitions

From: Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jun 17 2004 - 11:14:44 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> What about the fact that different humans will "grow up" at different
> speeds? Is this any problem? What if some humans are not in sync with
> the medium collective volition in that they are a bit further down the
> "growing up" curve? Do they in any sense get "held back"?
> This question is probably in part paranoia common to all bright people
> who were stuck in public schools. :-)

Slow down time for people who get ahead, speed up time for people who get
behind, keeping everyone at roughly the same level. Not identical
abilities, mind you, but the same level of formidability. Everyone could
go off and do whatever they wanted, without worrying about leaving their
friends behind if they study math, or being left behind if they specialize
in erotic arts. There wouldn't be a rat race to your choice of specialty -
just pick whatever you most liked, and be sure to study a *little* math now
and then.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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