Re: Signaling after a singularity

From: William Pearson (
Date: Thu May 08 2008 - 05:38:13 MDT

2008/5/5 Stuart Armstrong <>:
> Speculating about society after a singularity is pointless. It leads
> to poorly thought-out ideas and is dominated by speculative wishful
> thinking. A complete waste of time.
> So, let's do it.
> The aspect of a post-singularity world I'd like to look at is the
> absence of signalling. If we had an advanced AI, it should be able to
> fully understand the personality and abilities of an individual human.
> If it would accept to reveal this information to humans, then we would
> live in a society with perfect understanding of each other.

If we had more than one equalish advanced AI, then an AI would not be
able to predict the actions of a human because they may be predicated
on the actions of the AI, which it cannot predict.

> This would negate the need for signaling - people would no longer be
> driven to art, education, competitive sports, positional goods, and
> other ways of showing off. A good proportion of the current economy
> and culture would vanish.

These are strange rational humans that you have. I think most humans
will stick their fingers in there ears. Because part of the fun is in
the signalling itself.

  Will Pearson

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