Re: AI-Box Experiment 3: Carl Shulman, Eliezer Yudkowsky

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Sun Aug 21 2005 - 21:23:10 MDT

On 8/22/05, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> wrote:
> Russell Wallace wrote:
> > I don't know what actually went on of course, but I'm going to guess
> > what happened was that none of the three Gatekeepers had ever been on
> > the receiving end of "reality distortion field" level charisma before;
> > it's not something you come across often, and I can testify from
> > experience, it can leave you going the next day "why the hell did I do
> > that?".
> Oh, don't I just wish. If I had that kind of charisma, even toned down to
> obey rationalist ethics, SIAI would be a lot larger by now.

*laughs* Eliezer, you're too modest... and I would have been even more
sure I'd never, ever type those words, than I am that I wouldn't let
the AI out of the box :) For evidence, see... well... the results of
the three AI box experiments!

> Also, by all accounts I've heard, reality distortion fields don't work over IRC.

Now you've heard a different account: the experience I mentioned was
over IRC and ICQ. But aren't you contradicting yourself just a little
bit here, O holder of the theory that a superintelligence could take
over anyone's mind via an IRC link? ;)

- Russell

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