Re: invisible friends and post-biological darwinism

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 08:54:36 MST

On Sun, Jan 06, 2002 at 07:52:59AM -0800, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> A machine that could accurately identify incorrect thinking would
> probably be banned. Such an intelligent system would definitely be unpopular.
> Even neo-luddites on this list have expressed hostility toward such
> technology.

"Citizen! Thanks to our remote wrongthink device we have found that you
do not believe in consciousness, individual uniqueness and free will,
among other things. You are wrong, and we are here to take you to the
brain repair institute."

The problem isn't that most of the list is neoluddites, it is that we
see the problem that such a device is infeasible since a lot of thinking
is not even wrong, being based on fuzzy expectations, values and
concepts with little agreed-upon semantics. The device would have to be
a telepathic supersmart AI, and somehow that seems a bit of overkill.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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