Re: Marvin Minsky and Eliezer Yudkowsky

Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 18:29:35 MST

In a message dated 2/27/01 5:12:06 PM, writes:

>Why would anybody want to risk a shock from a dominance-
>enforcement cattleprod by facing somebody like Minsky in the
>flesh, wide open to that high-bandwidth primate social signalling?

Hypothetically, it does allow issues to be raised in a way that forces
them to be addressed. At scientific conferences, usually real questions
provoke honest answers or at least "we'll have to tackle this over lunch".
At Foresight, I would expect presenters to be in "conference mode".
Deploying dominance strategies works in the sense that the targets
leave the mike, but in a conference setting makes the audience tend
to think the speaker is wrong. The exception, of course, is when
everybody already thinks the questioner is a nut.

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