Re: Contextualizing seed-AI proposals

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 19:59:08 MDT

Jim Fehlinger wrote:
> [**] Another trend in CaTAI, and in a lot of SF-ish and computerish
> dreaming about AI, is the burning desire to jettison human "emotional
> weakness" (remember Forbin's comment in _Colossus_, "I wanted an
> impartial, emotionless machine -- a paragon of reason...")
> Telling quote: "Freedom from human failings, and especially human
> politics... A synthetic mind has no political instincts; a synthetic
> mind could run the course of human civilization without politically-imposed
> dead ends, without observer bias, without the tendency to rationalize."
> Again, this seems profoundly out of sync with recent, post-cognitivist
> thinking about human intelligence.

And now I can finally, FINALLY answer this, the way I've been wanting to
answer rather a lot of questions, for rather a lot of time...

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

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