Re: Not making this up.

From: Matt Arnold (
Date: Thu Feb 17 2005 - 16:22:01 MST

When is there going to be a book?

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 12:54:02 -0800, Robin Lee Powell
<> wrote:
> Someone just showed up on the Lojban list talking about using Lojban
> with computers, including that he wanted to create a self-improving
> neural-net AI.
> I mailed him privately to suggest that neural nets were A Bad Idea,
> and gave him some things to read from My Most Holy Lord Eliezer.
> Excuse me, I need to surgically de-graft my tongue from my cheek.
> There. OK, moving on.
> He responded with "Well, it's going to take a long time for anything
> interesting to happen", followed immediately by "Hmm, we're within
> 2000 or so P4 machines of brain parity; that's intense" (he got the
> math *way* wrong). Then "Besides, AIs don't start with motivation,
> so it's not like they'd want to kill us" (good, you're on the path)
> followed immediately by "So I'll just make a green button that I'll
> push when it does something good" (*ouch*).
> Not making this up.
> Not that it's at all unreasonable that someone would think of these
> things, but just that it's *so* stereotypical a conversation. :-)
> -Robin
> --
> ***
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