Re: Unbounded happiness. (was Re: Property rights)

From: John K Clark (
Date: Mon Apr 21 2008 - 14:53:37 MDT

On Mon, 21 Apr 2008 "Matt Mahoney"
<> said:

> AI can replace human labor

The AI can replace the entire human race for that matter. But never
mind, and forget about gray goo, I believe unbounded happiness will be
the biggest threat our decedents face and the only thing that might
prevent our mind children from becoming Gods; it may even be the
explanation for the Fermi Paradox. If you could be the happiest
(uploaded of course) man alive just by editing the value of one integer
in your source code you might be strongly tempted to do so, I know I
would be.

Iíll just change the mean happiness quotient in my code from a 5 to a 6,
oh yes thatís much better, I wonder what a 7 would feel like, wow that
was even better than I expected, 8 is really not that much greater than
7 so it couldnít hurt toÖ.

The trouble is if youíre perfectly happy right now then you have no
incentive to do anything because things are perfect already so any
change you make will only make things worse. Best to just put your hands
in your pockets and do nothing except enjoy the ride. The Universe may
be full of intelligent civilizations but theyíre all lotus eaters and
hence invisible. I hope Iím wrong, although I can imagine more horrible

  John K Clark


  John K Clark
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