Re: Bill Joy again

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Feb 17 2001 - 22:06:04 MST

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> From: "Spike Jones" <>
> > "I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the
> > cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil."
> Wow, Bill Joy said that? Sounds like the boy has flipped his cork.
> I think that kind of rhetoric would better suit the Mid East situation,
> which of course Bill would fix by relinquishment.

He's perfectly right. As technology advances, so does evil. The thing to
understand about Bill Joy is that all the threats he refers to are more or
less real - it's just Bill Joy's unworkable "remedies" that indicate a
permanent state of future shock, or maybe future panic would be a better
term. If aliens landed tomorrow, Bill Joy would scream and run around in
circles, while the Men in Black would ask the aliens for their passports.
I try to cultivate an MIB attitude.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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