[ExI] singularity summit on foxnews

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 11:50:59 UTC 2007

On 9/17/07, hkhenson <hkhenson at rogers.com> wrote:
> At 08:30 AM 9/16/2007, Stefano wrote:
> >Why should AIs "stick together", and why should humans do the same?
> You can't understand why humans stick together without resorting to
> Hamilton's criteria and the concept of inclusive fitness.

Musunderstanding. My question is an open, as opposed to a rhetorical,
question. In other terms, my point is simply that an explicit answer to that
question should be given, and that we should thereafter remain consistent
with it.

I am well aware of the concept of inclusive fitness. In fact, I discussed it
rather in depth in  a number of writings (e.g., http://www.biopolitica.it).
I am also ready to admit that it is one (of several possible) rationale for
a "humans should stick together" policy.

Only, I wonder whether we are really prepared to accept the implication that
our loyalties are and should be determined by sociobiological factors.
Especially in the light of the fact that the "species" is not a particularly
relevant set in terms of inclusive fitness (your tribe, e.g., being much
more so), and is on the contrary by definition the source and the background
of most of the competition faced by your genes (see under food chain, access
to good reproductive partners, territory, etc.)

Stefano Vaj
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