Re: Marvin Minsky and Eliezer Yudkowsky

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 23:17:26 MST

"Since then, others have begun to come forward..."

Thanks for the confirmation, guys.

The problem is the archetype of "brash arrogant young youth totally
convinced of his own genius who snaps at anyone who gets in the way". I
think it's important that geniuses not be like that - as Hal Finney put
it, that there be "Friendly AI researchers" to develop Friendly AIs.
There's another archetype - the nice genius, the one who holds the door
open for people and offers to help carry packages. And now there are
rumors going around that "Eliezer Yudkowsky got into a fight with Marvin
Minsky", which I'm sure just confirms everything that people are
predisposed to believe.

I just want to be absolutely clear that the juicy rumor to spread is
"Minsky snapped at Yudkowsky at a Foresight event", not "Minsky and
Yudkowsky met and sparks flew".

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

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