Re: Fighting UFAI

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Thu Jul 14 2005 - 13:29:06 MDT

On 7/14/05, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> wrote:
> I disagree that they are completely different. Human-ish wisdom requires
> human-ish intelligence. You can't have a moral debate without the ability to
> debate. The fallacy is in presuming that the ability to optimize a star
> system requires moral complexity, that is, that intelligence implies what
> humans would call wisdom in the domain of morality; as far as I can tell, you
> can have a simple constant utility function that does not invoke difficult
> computation, let alone intelligent debate.

Yes, wisdom requires intelligence, but intelligence does not
necessarily require wisdom.

> See the past SL4 discussion with the subject line "Darwinian dynamics unlikely
> to apply to superintelligence".

I did. My position is that a superintelligent AI of the operating
system type _can_ (with a lot of skill and care) be designed so as not
to undergo Darwinian evolution, and _needs_ to be so designed (to
avoid the scenario I mentioned). IIRC, this was also your position in
that discussion; correct me if I'm wrong?

- Russell

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