[ExI] What if humans were twice as intelligent?

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 10:00:34 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM, Anders Sandberg wrote:
> It is a bit of a naive extrapolation, but I like how they actually mention
> and sidestep the problem that the IQ scale doesn't do doublings. Overall,
> sounds a bit like my own handwaving when interviewed by media about enhanced
> societies. I think we have good reasons to think they will be richer, safer,
> nicer and more turbulent. The point about personality mattering is very
> true: intelligence is multiplicative with motivation, neither can substitute
> for the other.

i.e. The evil genius will be twice as bad. (Smiles and strokes white cat).

> Still, such a score doesnt tell you what you can do. X points does not
> necessarily imply figuring out peace in the Middle East or how to make a
> stardrive is doable. And the above scale does assume you have a core general
> intelligence that can easily work on all domains; in reality we tend to
> specialise a lot, and certain styles are better at certain things.

It doesn't mention that for humans high intelligence now seems to be
an evolutionary disadvantage. The top 20% don't reproduce nearly as
much as lower IQs. High IQ acts like a form of birth control.


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