[ExI] Universally versus 'locally' Friendly AGI

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 01:45:46 UTC 2011

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7 March 2011 22:07, Kelly Anderson <kellycoinguy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What happens when we grant American citizenship to AGIs?
> Good question.

One would assume that an AGI would become an American by one of three methods:
1) They are "made in America" and the law still naturalizes anyone "born" here.
2) They are uploaded with an American brain (i.e. I, an American
Citizen, upload my consciousness)
3) They are somehow "naturalized" meaning that they make the choice to
become an American

> They might just consider themselves Americans.

I would assume this for all three cases. In the first case, I assume
they would be (normally) raised in America, by Americans. Thus, their
loyalty to their parents would imbue them with some feelings towards
their country. Assuming they aren't raised by Americans that hate
America... :-)

>Or feel
> that they are objective allies of Chinese AGIs in the world takeover.

That could happen in some cases. John Walker Lindh comes to mind.

> Or perhaps think that their primary loyalty goes to the chess circle
> they belong to. Who knows?

I think it is likely that if they are modeled after human beings, that
their loyalties would be to whomever raised (trained) them.

> What sounds pretty curious is that there would be some kind of
> Darwinian mechanism putting them in direct competition with the
> "Humankind". A quite arbitrary assumption, given that while the latter
> hardly exists as an entity, they are much less on the same food chain
> than purely human groups already are.

Darwinian forces are already more important in the memetic arena than
the genetic. So what you eat is hardly the point. The point is what
you believe.

My fear is that we carefully raise our little AGIs, then send them off
to Harvard, where they are re-indoctrinated by the ultra leftist
professors... :-)  Of course, I have the same fears for my real kids.s


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