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

From: John Marlow (
Date: Sat Jan 13 2001 - 20:09:51 MST

I think it unwise to 'extrapolate to infinity' when
our survival is on the line. Extrapolation is not
reliable when dealing with highly intelligent beings
capable of self-determination.

john marlow

--- xgl <> wrote:
> okay, i'm going to try my own spin on this -- feel
> free to slap me
> out of it if i get carried away.
> this is kind of reminiscent of proof by induction.
> * given two mental states, the more friendly state
> is more likely
> than the less friendly state to be followed by a
> friendly state
> -- i.e. the rules of mental state generation is
> such that a
> friendlier instantanious state is more likely to
> lead to a
> friendlier trajectory of states
> * if at any instant, an ai is more friendly than a
> human being,
> then the ai is also more likely to be friendly in
> the future
> than the human being -- i.e. we should trust the
> ai more than
> the human.
> so the argument would take the following route.
> first, show that
> the rules of ai mental state generation satisfies
> the first point above.
> then show that human mental state generation also
> satifies the first point
> above (if not, the argument ends here). now show
> that the ai friendliness
> function grows at least as fast as the human
> friendliness function.
> finally, demonstrate an ai friendlier than a human.
> then we don't need to
> wait forever to find out that the ai is really
> friendlier than the human;
> we can just use induction to extrapolate the
> friendliness to infinity.
> -x

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