Re: Conscious of the parts

From: Olie Lamb (
Date: Wed Aug 30 2006 - 18:45:47 MDT

On 8/31/06, John K Clark <> wrote:
> The only way a AI would not want more control over the universe is if was
> already 100% happy, if the universe was already exactly precisely the way he
> wanted it to be then there would be no reason to do anything and it would
> just sit there like a big lump. It would not only be 100% happy and 100%
> friendly it would be 100% useless pointlessly soaking up electrical current
> like a glorified space heater.

Y'know, John, you're close to realising something there.

Have a think for a little while about what you've just written. I
strongly encourage you to read it slowly and calmly a few times. Let
your brain mull over it.

In particular, think about the word "useless".

Now, also consider "Transitive concepts". A good example of a
transitive concept is "Need". One can't *just* need something; one
must need something /for/ something.

Do you consider the word "useless" to be a transitive concept?

Keep thinking.

Keep thinking...

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