[extropy-chat] the RBL racket
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
sentience at pobox.com
Mon Sep 11 07:36:49 UTC 2006
Russell Wallace wrote:
> On 9/11/06, *Eliezer S. Yudkowsky* <sentience at pobox.com
> <mailto:sentience at pobox.com>> wrote:
> Now, where does spam fall in this ranking? In my book, it falls
> somewhere around (3).
> I am very, very relieved that you cannot create or become a god.
Logical fallacy: Ad hominem.
I didn't even say you should be put in prison for (3) - you just assumed
it was what I meant. You also didn't answer the question of where spam
falls in your ranking.
I suspect scope neglect on your part - all those zeroes in the part
about "slightly annoying a hundred million people" just glazing over in
your vision. Slightly annoying 1e8 humans probably adds more negative
hedonic to the universe than one prison sentence; moreover, a
prospective prison sentence may stop many such incidents. The question
is about rights and freedom, not hedonic balance.
My own attitude in this matter is not about annoyance, it's about human
infrastructure. If what were at stake were humanity's capability to
send email, then yes, I would put people in prison to defend it. But of
course the current regime has been totally ineffective at stopping spam;
humanity will find an effective technological solution, or else learn as
a species that we are not ready for email. It's actually pretty damned
sad when you think about it. Forget nukes or nanotech, the human
species can't handle bloody text messaging.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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