Re: Posthuman mind control (was RE: FAQ Additions)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 21:17:54 -0600

Billy Brown wrote:
> Now, I wouldn't abandon the whole foundation of my moral system overnight,
> and I don't expect the AIs to do it either.

I do. I can recall two occasions (separated by several years) when my entire moral system crashed and was rebuilt along totally different lines, over the course of five seconds. That is the actual time scale, not an exaggeration. It was obvious both that the old philosophy was wrong, and how the new philosophy ought to work. From my perspective the shock, the fall, and the rebuild occurred without conscious effort or iterative thought, in a single step.

These changes occurred when I read the following two sentences:

"You are not the person who speaks your thoughts, you are the person who hears your thoughts." (-- ?)

"It's a problem we face every time we consider the creation of intelligences greater than our own." (-- True Names, p. 47)

--         Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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