Re: rambling question on AI

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Jan 09 2002 - 23:23:29 MST

J. R. Molloy wrote:

> 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.

This is part of the downside of our present level of
competitiveness for even the basics of life. As long as your
ass is own the line (to put it bluntly) you might be less
inclined to root for those (human or otherwise) significantly
more competitive than yourself. If, on the other hand, the
brilliance of each sentient is more directly of huge benefit to
you, then obviously the increase of said brilliance in whatever
from is something you wholeheartedly support.

- samantha

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