Re: More silly but friendly ideas

From: David Hart (
Date: Fri Jun 06 2008 - 05:47:20 MDT

On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 8:40 PM, Stuart Armstrong <> wrote:

> Well, yes. The options seem to be
> 1) A slave AI.
> 2) No AI.
> 3) The extinction of humanity by a non-friendly AI.

4) humanity continues along multiple paths (baseline-humans, post-humans,
and others) but is generally left far behind by our AI progeny who take up
the torch on the forefront of known culture (science, philosophy, art,
language, space colonization, etc.).

Friendly AI can be defined as a path which leads to the fourth option while
upholding our most noble human values (even if that path is longer or more
difficult than alternatives which would sacrifice our values).

One of the great human challenges before, during and after the Singularity
period will be confronting the sociological and psychological traumas of
being surpassed. Stage 1: denial...

[These ideas are not new, and have been covered in several works of
fiction <>.]


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