Re: >H Re: transhuman-digest V1 #562

From: Robert Wasley (
Date: Sun Jan 09 2000 - 11:10:24 MST

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> > From: Frazer Kirkman <>
> > I feel we would probably have a hard time conveying AIs that are 1000
> > smarter than us.
> >
> > Something has to be done to get the majority of the population excited
> > robots, and not scared that it is going to make the human race extinct.
 D.den Otter wrote:
> How can you be so sure that this won't be the case? In the
> absence of hard data either way, we must assume a 50% chance
> of AIs causing our extinction. Oh golly, we've just been
> reduced to a second-rate life form. We no longer control
> our planet. We're at the mercy of hyperintelligent machines.
> Yeah, that's something to be excited about...

I think this response is silly. The underlying thinking doesn't sound any
different than those environmental extremists who think extinction of the
human race would be the ultimate solution to the pollution problem. In fact
human beings will be evolving along with the technology it creates to where
the Earth will be inhabited by multiple sentient life forms.

Robert Wasley

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