Re: Active shields, was Re: Criticism depth, was Re: Homework, Nuke, etc..

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2001 - 18:17:19 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> Well, uhmm--creating something smarter than we are,
> and then handing it all the weapons, doesn't strike me
> as a particularly bright idea. To say the least.

It strikes me as a brighter idea than handing all the weapons to a human.
We *know* what humans do with weapons.

Humanity has to deal with greater-than-human intelligence one of these
days. If transhumanity is benevolent, we're home free; if not, we're
screwed; that's it. The future looks like this:

Nanotech followed by >H:
  Two risks: A successful active shield can't build a Friendly AI.
>H followed by nanotech:
  One risk: A successful Friendly AI can help deal with nanotech.

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

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