[ExI] Question for the psych squad

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 1 14:27:58 UTC 2017

On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM, Stuart LaForge <avant at sollegro.com> wrote:

> >> So the question I have is how are people with severe OCD different than
> >> computer programs stuck in infinite loops? Are there known cases of
> people
> >> who if left untreated would continue performing their compulsion until
> >> exhaustion? Or people who literally cannot stop thinking about their
> >> obsession while awake?
> >>
> >> Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.
> >
> ​bill w - ​
> ​I never heard of an OCD person who got permanently stuck in any thought
> > or action.
> Even without any intervention? Like being alone with no medication or
> human contact? The reason I specify this is that I have never heard of a
> computer permanently stuck in an infinite loop either. Somebody inevitably
> gets impatient and reboots the the thing. Also vital necessities might
> intervene on the OCD subject like physical exhaustion, need to use the
> bathroom, eat, drink, sleep, etc. Those kind of things might reset or
> suspend the compulsive behavior etc. Like a multithreading CPU putting a
> task in the background, while it works on a higher priority task.
> Stuart LaForge
> ​I am assuming that the 'mind' of an AI is a singular thing.  In humans
> the mind is not.  It is made up of several systems, and that, maybe,
> explains why people don't get permanently stuck.  Another system demands
> attention - like you said:  hunger, interruption by a dog or TV or your
> spouse

​bill w​

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