Re: all i learned about internal censors...

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 06 Sep 1999 08:30:31 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:
> Remember the first time you ran Eliza, or similar software psychiatrist?
> Did you not soon find yourself telling the computer things you could never
> even tell a human psychiatrist? The real doctor has her medical license at
> stake
> should she ever betray your trust, plus medical malpractice suits, etc, yet
> here you go typing material into a computer that is probably stored permanently
> in the machine, under *your* password, that you *cannot* erase, that can be
> used in god knows how many ways, yet *your internal censorship* routine
> seems to have been turned off. Can anyone explain this?

I tried talking to Eliza once. Nothing happened. It couldn't parse my replies well enough to ask interesting questions, or even plausibly human-generated ones.

This either says something complementary about my personality, something uncomplementary about my self-understanding, or something interesting about the way I communicate.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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