RE: "Hostile" transhumans (Re: Magic means large search spaces)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Fri Jul 22 2005 - 10:07:17 MDT

> > Let's rephrase. For *humans* to deliberately allow the
> > existence of a hostile
> > transhuman is just plain STUPID.
> Yes, I know that's what your saying. You have
> uncharacteristically missed the entire point
> of my message. The point is: Is there any significant
> hope that, if I transcend, and you don't, you won't want
> to kill me? You're trying to qualify your statement
> with the word "hostile", and I don't think you can.
> I think what you're saying entails the statement that
> humans should kill all transhumans.

Well, if you want to interpret his statement that way, you at least need to
make the exception "Except for transhumans who were created (or who advanced
to transhumanity) via a process that has been proven to have a very high
odds of leading to a Friendly transhuman."

With this emendation, I'd say that your interpretation of the implication of
Eliezer's words is a fair one. However, I also suspect this is not what he
really meant, and he just didn't choose all his words perfectly in this

-- Ben

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