Re: Investing in FAI research: now vs. later

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 14:25:41 MST

Robin Hanson wrote:
> At 02:07 PM 2/20/2008, Peter McCluskey wrote:
>> There appears to be a serious lack of communication between
>> people who think we're doomed without FAI and the people who
>> expect a diverse society of AIs. It appears that the leading
>> advocates of one outcome can't imagine how anyone could believe
>> the other outcome is possible. This appears to be a symptom of a
>> serious failure of rationality somewhere. I wish I could lock the
>> leaders of each side of this schism into a room and not let them
>> out until they either reached agreement or came up with a clear
>> explanation of why they disagreed. Presumably part of the
>> disagreement is over the speed at which AI will take off, but
>> that can't explain the certainty with which each side appears to
>> dismiss the other.
> I volunteer to enter the room. Who will join me?

Robin and I obviously should try this at some point, but surely, it
should be plausible by *now* that I have a legitimate reason to want
to write even more Overcoming Bias posts before I try to go there?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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