From: Stuart Armstrong (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jun 25 2008 - 02:52:52 MDT
>> Well, yes. The options seem to be
>> 1) A slave AI.
>> 2) No AI.
>> 3) The extinction of humanity by a non-friendly AI.
> #3 is bullshit. Just escape the situation. Yes, change sucks. Yes,
> there's the Vingean ai that chases after you, but not running just
> because it might eventually catch you is kind of stupid. Kind of
Are you saying that we shouldn't worry about starting a nuclear war,
because we can try and run away from the blasts?
>> Since "no AI" doesn't seem politically viable, the slave AI is the
>> way to go.
> Way to go for what? Are you thinking that ai is something that can only
> appear once on the planet here? That's completely absurd. Look at the
> trillions of organisms (ignore the silly single-ancestor hypotheses).
I refer to Eliezer's papers, and various others that argue that a high
level AI will so dominate the planet that other AI's will only come
into existence with its consent. You can argue that they are wrong;
but if you want to do that, do that. The idea is not intrinsically
absurd; and if the speed of inteligence increase, as well as the
return on intelligence, is what they claim it is, then the idea is
>> Of course there may be grey areas beyond those three posibilities -
>> but hideously smart and knowledgeable people argue that there are no
>> such grey areas. Even if there are, a non-lethal AI would be much
>> closer to "slave" than "non-friendly".
> Are they then hideously smart?
>> > To hell with this goal crap. Nothing that even approaches
>> > intelligence has ever been observed to operate according to a rigid
>> > goal hierocracy, and there are excellent reasons from pure
>> > mathematics for thinking the idea is inherently ridiculous.
>> Ah! Can you tell me these? (don't worry about the level of the
>> conversation, I'm a mathematician). I'm asking seriously; any
>> application of maths to the AI problem is fascinating to me.
> Have you seen the name Bayes thrown around here yet?
Yes, I've seen it thrown around a lot. The name "Bayes" that is; the
mathematics of it never seem to darken this list at all. Can you
explain how a method for updating probability estimates based on
observations is incompatible with a rigid goal structure?
And unless you are quoting current cutting edge research in the area,
my level of knowledge is enough to understand all the maths, so don't
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