Re: Tragedy and Boredom was Re: Why just simulation? (fwd)

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Mar 18 2001 - 20:46:56 MST

Nick Bostrom wrote:

> What I said was that a superintelligence could figure out a way of getting
> rid of the boredom emotion if it chose to do so. It *might* have reasons to
> keep some kind of susceptibility to boredom. However, at the times when it
> is just wanting to be entertained it would be possible to tune down the
> boredom.

Perhaps susceptibility to boredom is the thing that caused humans to
evolve the way we did. Cows seem to be udderly devoid
of that emotion, and they accomplish little. Perhaps humans
evolved as we did because of our species chooses mates
that are less attractive in return for less boring. spike

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