From: Austin Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Dec 12 2005 - 15:15:07 MST
Eliezer-2005 should perhaps change a sentence or two in several popular documents that Eliezer-1998 has written concerning the singularity, which are still widely read despite not reflecting Eliezer's current thoughts.
I remember dropping my jaw agape in horror when reading a phrase that was in Staring into the Singularity, a phrase essentially similar to this one. Although many writings composed later (as well as the overall tone of SIAI and the personalities that comprise it) rescinded the original statement totally, your average internet-mind generally reads Staring into the Singularity and then stops altogether.
It's for reasons like this that I tend to think of my distant, past selves
as subscripted by date: Eliezer-1998, who is being quoted here in the
midst of a complicated mistake in moral philosophy, is pretty much a
different person from Eliezer-2002, who is in turn a different person from
Eliezer-2005. People are lines in spacetime, not dots, and there is no
unitary "Yudkowsky" to whom you can attribute quotes. It certainly isn't
the opinion of SIAI.
Religion is one's attitude toward whatever he considers to be the determiner of destiny. - James Bissett Pratt
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