Re: [sl4] The Starving Artist Experiment

From: Stuart Armstrong (
Date: Thu Nov 05 2009 - 03:59:26 MST

2009/11/4 M.>h <>
>arn't there known occasions of people being able to perform enormous (not to say 'superhuman') tasks under great stress, e.g. to save their lives or that of others?

Adrenaline, absolute focus and prioritising. All dangeours things to
have in general, but not in an emergency. But they're built in to the
human make-up; they're only available because they're already there.

The starving artist is just a question is just a question of
motivation; if the AI is already motivated exclusively in the
directions you want, there is no need or use for it. Maybe you are
thinking of giving it more general motivations, and using this set-up
to fine-tune them from outside?


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