Re: Donaldson, Tegmark and AGI

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Sun Aug 13 2006 - 06:49:36 MDT

On 8/13/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> wrote:
> How kindly gracious of you.

You're welcome.

"Autrey," I say, "if you want to be a great shepherd someday, learn to
> shut up and throw in the pebble. No fuss. No drama. Just do it."
> -



"Mark, it was a *brilliant* idea," Autrey says encouragingly. "The notion
didn't occur to me, and yet it's so obvious... it would save an
*enormous*amount of effort... there
*must* be a way to salvage your plan! We could try different buckets,
looking for one that would keep the magical pow- the intentionality in the
pebbles, even without the ritual. Or try other pebbles. Maybe our pebbles
just have the wrong properties to have *inherent* intentionality. What if we
tried it using stones carved to resemble tiny sheep? Or just write 'sheep'
on the pebbles; that might be enough."

"Not going to work," I predict dryly.


The devil quotes scripture... ^.^

Good essay, though! The style reminds me of Hofstadter, except with a
sharper edge.

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