[ExI] Unfrendly AI is a mistaken idea.

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Jun 3 22:08:24 UTC 2007

> > In this usage evolution is just another name for environment.
>What a strange usage!  No, not at all.  Evolution is a process over
>time, usually quite slow, that uses mutation and selection to replace
>earlier more primitive versions of something with more advanced
>or superior versions.

What a strange usage! No, "evolution" is a process over time in which 
slightly variant phenotypes thrive or fail to thrive in a cyclically 
fluctuating but (in the medium term) generally stationary 
environment, compete with others of their own kind and with other 
species for resources to maintain their own existence and that of 
their offspring, and with others of their own kind for reproductive 
privileges, their offspring (in sexual species) combining genetic 
elements of self and mate together with random mutations in those 
elements, competing in turn in what is usually the same environment 
slightly or even grossly modified by the novel behavioral biasses 
introduced by these genomic shenanigans, resulting in the stochastic 
selection over many individuals of shifts in allelic frequencies in 
each species and perhaps also in phenotypic characteristics such that 
each generation of phenotypes that survives satisfices the 
constraints of its available landscape. "Advanced" and "superior" are 
terms requiring exact specification of a context of evaluation, and 
should be invoked only with the greatest caution. Apologies for the 
dense verbiage; it's hard to talk about this sort of thing in chatty slang.

Damien Broderick

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