Re: [sl4] Re: Property rights

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2008 - 22:05:14 MDT

2008/7/8 Stuart Armstrong <>:

> So, despite the arguments here, a society of humans able to modify
> their minds at will is probably not going to gravitate to something
> pleasant. On the other hand, it might not take much in terms of
> coercive interventions to allow such things to happen. In fact, it may
> be enough for the AI to gift humans with many technologies, push them
> in certain self-modifying directions, and then turn itself off, to
> create a positive dynamic equilibirum.

We can't know exactly how the availability of self-modification would
change society without doing the experiment, but I believe that even
without direction from above it would be for the better. I base this
on the assumption that there are more bad people who wish they were
good than good people who wish they were bad.

Stathis Papaioannou

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