Re: DiscoveryCh - AI

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 10:19:09 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> The problem is that much of the discussion about the consequences of
> AI is currently done by AI researchers, and they do not in general
> know much about economics, social systems, philosophy and other
> relevant fields. This makes it common to make simplistic statements,
> and does not further help the discourse. An economist I know simply
> laughed at Hans Moravec's ideas of taxation of AI corporations to
> sustain humans in a wealthy state, for example. We need to see more
> collaboration across the disciplines here.

The problem is that they are permanently stuck in Sixties Syndrome Mode,
can't visualize anything realistic, and - in the case of Dr. Hugo de Garis
- aren't acting in a fashion consistent with their own prognostications.

I might also add that, as long as you're wishing for more AI researchers
to study economics, social systems, and philosophy, I'll be happy when a
few of them get acquainted with functional neuroanatomy, evolutionary
psychology, and some book on cognitive science that was written after the

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

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