Re: ECON The Abolition Of Work

den Otter (
Sat, 2 May 1998 02:45:04 +0200

> From: Dan Fabulich <>

> John K Clark wrote:
> >No, I wouldn't stop the development of hyper intelligent machines even if I
> >could, and out course I can't.
> OK. So what DID you mean by this? "I also think that the question of
> whether humans should give rights to machines is moot, the question of
> whether machines will give rights to humans is not." Since we can't stop
> the creation of hyper-intelligent robots, nor do we stand any chance of
> controlling them once we do, this doesn't seem like a very interesting
> question at all.

Let's just hope that human intelligence augmentation arrives before powerful
AI. It would be a shame to die on the threshold of ascension by the hand of
our own creations. I prefer the idea that "robots shall inherit the earth, and
_they shall be us_."