Re: artificial emotional intelligence enhancement

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 20:20:38 MST

john grigg wrote:
> It would if the user had the wisdom to know how to use it to enhance
> his/hers emotional intelligence. For instance if your mind is blinded by
> anger or hurt you could "lower the volume" to try to see things more
> clearly. And if you were feeling down in the dumps and unmotivated for a
> task you could "raise the volume. But it would take some emotional
> intelligence to use this enhancement properly.

Ninety percent of emotional intelligence, in the sense of contributing
materially to smartness, is about being able to recognize (and in
various ways, counteract) the parts of your emotional system that
contribute materially to stupidity. I've often wondered if just
watching yourself think under an fMRI or PET scan, "cognitive feedback",
might be enough to produce enormous leaps in effective intelligence.
Unlimited willpower is a minor hack by comparision, although it'd
probably have just as large an impact.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Typing in Dvorak         Programming with Patterns  Writing in Gender-neutral
Voting for Libertarians  Heading for Singularity    There Is A Better Way

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