RE: Human motivations was Two draft papers:

From: H C (
Date: Wed Jun 14 2006 - 14:09:03 MDT

>From: Keith Henson <>
>Subject: Human motivations was Two draft papers: Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006
>18:12:02 -0400
>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

An argument?

Maybe it's an interesting thing to consider in relation to Friendliness, but
it is of hardly the technical calibre required for it to present any kind of


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