[extropy-chat] Fools building AIs

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 12:42:46 UTC 2006

On 10/5/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <sentience at pobox.com> wrote:
> I don't understand your "what if".  What if what?  What if the above is
> the actual outcome?  (Answer: it's a complex scenario with no specific
> support given so it's very improbable a priori.)  What about the above
> as an optimal solution from a humane standpoint?  (Answer: it seems
> easier to conceive of third alternatives which are better.)

in response to:
> I asked a friend recently what he thought about the prospect of
> superhuman beings annihilating humans to make themselves more
> processing substrate...
> His response: "It's about time."
> When asked what he meant, he said simply, "We're not so great, and
> we've been dominating the planet long enough.  Let something better
> have its turn."

true the scenario is unlikely - as much as superhuman beings would ever
annihilate humans.  There is a much greater likelihood that we will
annihilate ourselves first.
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