Re: Use of closed source software [was Re: RE: Come over to ExI-Communitychat!...]

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 10:26:31 MST

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> I know of no greater risk to humanity than a breakout amoral AI
> that piggybacks on closed source software.
> Choose open source -- even if it means sacrificing functionality.
> Your life may depend on it.

Um, I won't say "don't bother", but don't bother - at least, not for that
particular reason. Open-source security is hot stuff when you're
competing with other humans. I'm not sure it'd make much of a difference
to an AI. Worry about defending yourself from other humans, and keeping
the size of the petri dish small enough that we don't get evolving
(non-AI) computer viruses.

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

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