[ExI] Google engineer claims AI is sentient

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 14:30:06 UTC 2022

witch doctor/chief:
"I was told that this is true...."
"By whom?"
"By this entity"
"Can we see him?"
"No, he's invisible.  Only I can see him and get his messages.  Therefore
only I have the power to lead this tribe."

Most people are authoritarians in one way or another.  You could claim
that the chief knows the power of it and invents a way to make it his.

Agency could explain nature gods, of course, which I think is most of them.

bill w

On Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 2:57 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On 12/06/2022 21:33, Darin Sunley wrote:
> Human beings are hard-wired to attribute agency to anything with
> sufficiently complex and environmentally-contextual behavior.
> ...
> This is why pagan gods are a thing
> 'Pagan' gods? That qualification basically rules out any gods the reader
> happens to believe in, making the whole sentence meaningless (and
> perpetuating religious arguments: "your belief in *your* gods are
> explainable by evolution. Mine are still real, though"). I'd say the
> agency-attribution tendency explains religion in general. If we didn't have
> it (and managed to survive), religion wouldn't be a thing, and gods would
> never have been conceived of at all.
> Ben
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