Re: If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 12:32:51 MST

Brian D Williams wrote:
> From: Charlie Stross <>
> >
> >Given that the political horizon in the west is about two years
> >away, I don't hold out much hope of this happening. It's far too
> >much of a long-term committment for a democracy to undertake. Now,
> >the Soviet government could conceive of such projects, but they
> >weren't hampered by the short-termism of western politicians.
> This is clearly U.N. territory.

Hm. Supposing for the sake of argument that we want the U.N. to have more
power (over the next 20 years or so), what kind of organization could have
the capability to plan very long-term commitments, yet still remain
representative of short-term Western democracies and the other countries
of the world?

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

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