Re: Investing in FAI research: now vs. later

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 14:52:58 MST

At 04:25 PM 2/20/2008, you wrote:
>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?

It is obvious that you have a plan and that you are executing it, and
I am happy to believe you if you say putting off such a discussion
would best fit with your plan. :)

Robin Hanson <>
Research Associate, Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University
Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University
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