Human motivations was Two draft papers:

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2006 - 16:12:02 MDT

At 11:34 PM 6/12/2006 -0700, Eliezer wrote:
>Robin Hanson wrote:


>>You warn repeatedly about how easy is is to fool oneself into thinking
>>one understands AI, and you want readers to apply this to their
>>intuitions about the goals an AI may have.
>The danger is anthropomorphic thinking, in general. The case of goals is
>an extreme case where we have specific, hardwired, wrong intuitions. But
>more generally, all your experience is in a human world, and it distorts
>your thinking. Perception is the perception of differences. When
>something doesn't vary in our experience, we stop even perceiving it; it
>becomes as invisible as the oxygen in the air. The most insidious biases,
>as we both know, are the ones that people don't see.

I agree.

Perhaps understandability is an argument to imbue AIs with *some* human
motivations, just so we can have a chance of understanding them.

Humans have a few really awful psychological traits but activating the ones
we know about might be avoidable.

Keith Henson

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