Re: The Quest for the Purpose of Life

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 08:27:49 MST

"Chen Yixiong, Eric" wrote:
> 1) we still remain alive (or why don't we all just die?)
> 1.1) since we have so many problems, why don't we just wipe everyone out to solve all these problems?
> 2) why we seek progress
> 3) why we insist on certain things such as freedom
> 1) we develop ethics
> 2) we derive our goals (such as freedom for all)
> 3) we can assume that sentient AI would seek self-preservation?
> 4) we can consider such decisions with great implications such as nanotech and the singularity if we don't consider the purpose of
> life question

Chen, I was serious when I directed you to "Frequently Asked Questions
About the Meaning of Life". As I said it's a bit obsolete in the light of
"Creating Friendly AI", and is directed toward a nontechnical audience,
but if you're asking the above questions it's a good place to start.

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

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