Re: rambling question on AI

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Jan 08 2002 - 06:01:51 MST

From: "Colin Hales" <>
> as an avowed "AI or bust" person I cogitate regularly
> on the issue of impact - both sides - and I confess this is like
> (Automation^^N) in it's impact and it scares me.

Yes, human-competitive AI scares many people, including some of those who make
laws... which is why I think it has a good chance of being banned. Experiments
with cloning humans have already been banned, and that kind of research is
mild compared to building robots with human-competitive intelligence. The
answer to the question of who owns the technological phase transition will
decide whether there will be one at all.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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