Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 23:01:59 MST

J. R. Molloy <> Wrote:

> I think of cryonics as a neo-Luddite technology that seeks
> to preserve (freeze) unenlightened biological entities instead of
>evolving to higher capabilities.

But it's a little tricky to go on a program of self improvement and evolve
higher capabilities if you're dead, I think it would cramp my style.

> Artificial sentience has no monetary value for the same reasons
>that human sentience has no monetary value.

There is no way that could be true. If sentience had no monetary value
evolution would not have invented it. Sentient beings must behave in ways
that non sentient beings do not, in this case in ways that enhance survival.
Behavior always has monetary value.

>Furthermore, we can attain superlative sentience, while our creative
>ability may remain undeveloped.

You can't have superlative sentience without new superlative thoughts
and that's just another name for creativity.

          John K Clark

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