[ExI] Isn't Bostrom seriously bordering on the reactionary?

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Thu Jun 16 17:35:15 UTC 2011

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Personally I do think that technological stagnation and attempts to 
> control many technologies are major threats to our survival and 
> wellbeing. But that cannot be defended by merely saying it - it needs to 
> be investigated, analysed and tested. Furthermore, there does not appear 
> to exist any a priori reason to think that all technologies are alike. 
> It might be very rational to slow some down (if it is possible) while 
> trying to speed others up. For example, at present most of our 
> conclusions suggest that a uploading-driven singularity is more 
> survivable than an AI-driven singularity.

Most of whose conclusions?  Based on what reasoning?

Personally, I have come to exactly the opposite conclusion, based on the 
potential controllability of AGI motivation and the complete 
uncontrollability of unmodified uploaded human mind motivation.

I think this is one very good example of the failure of those charged 
with working on x-risk issues.  Strong conclusion, based on (in some 
cases) tissue-thin or personal-bias-based reasoning.

Richard Loosemore

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