Re: answers I'd like from an SI

From: Norman Noman (
Date: Fri Nov 16 2007 - 16:12:43 MST

On Nov 16, 2007 5:30 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <> wrote:
> I can imagine that talking someone into killing themselves is
> possible, but psychosis is a hardware problem. You can't talk someone
> out of a psychotic state and you can't talk them into it either.

Sticks and stones can break my bones, eh?

I don't think anyone here would argue that a superintelligent AI could
take over the internet with relative ease. There are always security
holes that we don't realize, and as soon as you can manage a buffer
overflow you can get a computer to execute any code you want. The
human brain is messier, more complicated, and less modular, but it is
still a "robust yet fragile" system. It has strange weaknesses that
allow seemingly harmless types of input, such as words, to set off
catastrophic changes within it. Just because I can't talk someone into
a psychotic state doesn't mean it can't be done.

There was an episode of pokemon that sent 685 people to the hospital,
and that wasn't even INTENTIONAL.

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