Re: Two draft papers: AI and existential risk; heuristics and biases

From: Chris Capel (
Date: Thu Jun 15 2006 - 13:59:48 MDT

On 6/13/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> wrote:
> At Goertzel's recent AGI conference, I said: "The only thing I know of
> more difficult than building a Friendly AI is creating a child." And
> someone inevitably said: "Creating a child is easy, anyone can do it."
> And I said: "That is like putting quarters into a Coke machine, and
> saying, 'Look, I made a Coke!'"
> Humans who spark the process of embryogenesis possess none of the
> knowledge they would need to design children in their own right; they
> are just pulling the lever

So that's what kids are calling it nowadays...

> that starts an incredibly complex machine
> that they don't understand and couldn't build themselves.

Chris Capel

"What is it like to be a bat? What is it like to bat a bee? What is it
like to be a bee being batted? What is it like to be a batted bee?"
-- The Mind's I (Hofstadter, Dennet)

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