[ExI] From Arms Race to Joint Venture
ben at zaiboc.net
Tue Oct 23 20:11:46 UTC 2018
Bill W wrote:
"Are AIs somehow to be equipped with superhuman emotions? What would
Yes, they are, but not by us. And of course, we have no idea what that
would mean. This is, at least to me, the entire point of AIs: They will
be our successors, the next generation of self-aware, intelligent beings.
I think it's a big mistake to use the concept of current computers and
current software when thinking about the AI systems of the future.
That's like thinking of humans purely in terms of molecules. There are
many layers of complexity, built on one another, between the molecules
and their actions, and Bob the Quantity Surveyor and his concerns about
his tax return. Yes, they are connected, and one is actually built from
the other, but you can't really talk about one in terms of the other.
Advanced AI's won't simply be programs running on microprocessors, just
as we aren't simply ribosomes joining nucleotides together. They will
have many layers of complexity, just as we do.
So when considering advanced AIs, thinking about our current computers
and their software is just as relevant as thinking about how ribosomes
work when you're considering Bob's ability to complete his tax returns.
Saying "AIs will never have emotions because computers aren't capable of
feeling emotions" is like saying "Bob will never be able to understand
his tax forms because ribosomes aren't capable of reading tax forms".
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