[ExI] Unfrendly AI is a mistaken idea.

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 05:09:52 UTC 2007

On 06/06/07, John K Clark <jonkc at att.net> wrote:

> could you explain the reasoning whereby the AI would arrive at such a
> > position starting from just an ability to solve intellectual problems?
> Could you explain your reasoning behind your decisions to get angry? I
> would
> imagine the AI's train of thought wouldn't be very different. Oh I forgot,
> only meat can be emotional, semiconductors can be intelligent but are
> lacking a certain something that renders them incapable of having emotion.
> Perhaps meat has happy electrons and sad electrons and loving electrons
> and
> hateful electrons, while semiconductors just have Mr. Spock electrons.
> Or are we talking about a soul?

I get angry because I have the sort of neurological hardware that allows me
to get angry in particular situations; if I didn't have that hardware, I
would never get angry. I don't doubt that machines can have emotions, since
I believe that the human brain is Turing emulable. But you're suggesting
that not only can computers have emotions, they must have emotions, and not
only that, but they must have the same sorts of emotions and motivations
that people have. It seems to me that this anthropomorphic position is more
consistent with a belief in the special significance of meat.

Stathis Papaioannou
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