people breaking themselves (was "Re: AGI motivations")

From: Pope Salmon the Lesser Mungojelly (
Date: Sun Oct 23 2005 - 16:13:59 MDT

On Sun, 23 Oct 2005 14:01:20 -0400, Michael Vassar
<> wrote:

> The majority of humans could upload without being seed AIs.
> A small fraction of them would try to mess with their minds
> and break. Of those, only a competent minority would actually
> be seed AIs.

I find myself on a gut level rejecting the claim that only "a small
fraction of them" would try to mess with their minds. It may be that only
a small fraction would break, because there would be a sufficient degree
of collective conservatism. It may be that most people would alter
themselves only too slowly to play a major role in the drama of expanding
superintelligence. But surely a mind-modification fad could emerge at
least as quickly as the body-modification fad has. Perhaps I'm
misunderstanding what you're saying?


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