[ExI] Unfrendly AI is a mistaken idea.

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 12:12:58 UTC 2007

On 12/06/07, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:

>    having a few people "put their heads together" creates an entity that
> >    is smarter and more capable than any individual. Arguably, the most
> >    significant aspect of human intelligence is that it allows effective
> >    scaling up through communication between individuals. Collectively,
> >    the human race is a very intelligent and powerful animal indeed.
> Powerful, yes. Intelligent, no.

If you give a difficult problem to an individual, and you give the same
problem to a collection of individuals, such as the scientific community,
the latter is much more likely to come up with a solution. The same could be
said of the historical process: the modern car as a collaborative effort of
engineers going back to whenever the wheel was invented. So although the
collective cannot be called a single conscious mind (there's no evidence of
that, at any rate), it is a very effective problem-solving entity.

Stathis Papaioannou
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