Re: identity

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Apr 07 2005 - 22:19:30 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> Really? Michael's message didn't look much like that was what was
> being said to me.

That's how I read Vassar's message, but maybe only because it was what I
expected to hear. Nonetheless, I didn't see anything about an OP not thinking
before it acts. Rather, what I heard was that an OP with the goal of thinking
will act in order to think more efficiently. These will be aFriendly acts;
humane humans are not driven solely by the goal of making accurate predictions.

> On Apr 7, 2005 6:19 PM, Peter de Blanc <> wrote:
>>On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 17:28 -0700, Samantha Atkins wrote:
>>>So are you saying that the VPOP cannot dependably be expected to think
>>>before acting as it simply has no such distinction? If true this
>>>would be a strong reason not to build such a thing.
>>The point is that you shouldn't make an RPOP with the supergoal of
>>forming predictions and then try to enslave it to some external decision

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

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