Re: Inter-entity ethics

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 17:22:50 +0300 (MSK)

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On Tue, 17 Feb 1998, CountZero wrote:
> [...]
> A point, in my personal experience, if helping another involver either
> nonexistent or trivial cost to me I will almost always help.

How often have you helped the birds, the fish, the ants in distress? We
are talking about motivations of entities at least as beyond us as we are
beyond the proverbial ant.

> I think that it's safe to assume that this would also be the case for the
> "average" >H entity.
> [...]

I was hoping to find an overlooked point, as to why an entity should show
restrain (or even do 'good') towards one significantly less powerful/smart
than itself. Alas, apart from Ander's pretty pathological case (open
descension/ascension hierarchies, with persistance of the identity (is
such a thing at all possible? -- I thought it was a function of
rerecognizing agent history of _nonnegligeable_ interactions)) there seems
no positive return on such an investment.

I do not see the present reason for such human actions beyond of
anthromorphic perception artefact ('aw, let's help the poor blighters'),
which >H systems are quite unlikely to inherit.