[ExI] Empathic AGI [WAS Safety of human-like motivation systems]

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Mon Feb 7 17:16:43 UTC 2011

On 5 February 2011 17:39, Richard Loosemore <rpwl at lightlink.com> wrote:
> This is exactly the line along which I am going.   I have talked in the
> past about building AGI systems that are "empathic" to the human
> species, and which are locked into that state of empathy by their
> design.  Your sentence above:
>> It seems to me that one safety precaution we would want to have is
>> for the first generation of AGI to see itself in some way as actually
>> being human, or self identifying as being very close to humans.
> ... captures exactly the approach I am taking.  This is what I mean by
> building AGI systems that feel empathy for humans.  They would BE humans in
> most respects.

If we accept that "normal" human-level empathy (that is, a mere
ingredient in the evolutionary strategies) is enough, we just have to
emulate a Darwinian machine as similar as possible in its behavioural
making to ourselves, and this shall be automatically part of its
repertoire - along with aggression, flight, sex, etc.

If, OTOH, your AGI is implemented in view of other goals than maximing
its fitness, it will be neither "altruistic" nor "selfish", it will
simply execute the other program(s) it is being given or instructed to
develop as any other less or more intelligent, less or more dangerous,
universal computing device.

Stefano Vaj

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