From: p3 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jul 24 2005 - 11:33:47 MDT
--- "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <email@example.com>
> 6. THE CEV BY ITSELF DOES NOT MESS AROUND WITH YOUR
> LIFE. THE CEV JUST
> DECIDES WHICH AI TO REPLACE ITSELF WITH.
Alright, quick comment from me: I am not a very
intelligent human being. I do not know much
philosophy. I have not yet read the massive chunk of
text at singinst called "Collective Volition," because
I do not have the time to do so. My ability to argue
anything meaningful on any side of this discussion is
That being said, I am still deeply interested in the
future course of my existence, which I think, contrary
to the beliefs of most of the world, is directly
connected to the Singularity and to the actions of the
humans composing the Singularity Institute.
And so, the one weak, fragile, human question I dare
ask in the wake of all this confusing erudite
prattling: If CEV itself does not mess around with my
life, will its *results* mess around with my life? In
a 1000 years from now, will I be able to choose for
myself what I want to do with my life? I may not be
asking these questions if I had actually read the CV
document, and I apologize for my ignorance. But I am
worried here, because, quite frankly, "Collective
Volition" sounds like a monster movie.
As I said, I do not know much philosophy. But I know
that if in a post-Singularity world I cannot simply
sit somewhere by myself and play guitar for a few
millenia, then something has gone wrong. Perhaps
someone can ease my troubled mind... or trouble it
further, who knows.
(I'll be donating the required $10 to the Singularity
The earth laughs in flowers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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