Re: purpose of AIs

Anders Sandberg (
14 Dec 1999 10:33:51 +0100

Eugene Leitl <> writes:

> As to an spontaneously emerged (or deliberately seeded) AI in the
> global network, it is going to generate a lot of strange traffic
> between the infected nodes. People are going to notice, and start with
> countermeasures.

I read a paper somewhere on the net where some researchers had studied exactly what kinds of traffic got to their network, and they found beside the normal traffic, a few intrusion attempts, some chernobyl packets and a lot of broken packets several odd packets they couldn't identify. They suggested that there are more weirdness in the net than is currently expected.

I don't think we will see the Net suddenly waking up to become a god, I think we are already seeing the primordial soup where selfish packets and computer-memes spread. It will take a few billion internet-years for them to evolve into something smart.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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