Re: [sl4] Evolution, personality and altruism

From: Aaron Miller (
Date: Mon Nov 24 2008 - 09:45:02 MST

One important difference between evolution of AIs and "natural"
organisms is the fact that natural organisms indefinitely die and
-must- reproduce to actually continue, as a species or DNA sequence,
to compete for resources. An AI can improve itself -without-
reproducing, and can "live" indefinitely. In this context, the
competition between invidual AI programs almost runs parallel to
competition between entire species in the natural world.

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Mike Dougherty <> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:53 AM, Matt Mahoney <> wrote:
>> If AIs reproduce, modify themselves, and compete for computing resources (materials and energy), then they will evolve. If AIs are smarter than us, then it will be them that apply selective pressure to us, not the other way around. We aren't at the top of the food chain any more.
>> Is this a risk? What is your opinion of the extinction of homo erectus, or viewed another way, its evolution into homo sapiens?
> I say lets get on with it already. :) (I know, be patient... the
> Singularity is never far away)

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