Re: Question from Wired magazine

Darin Sunley (
Sat, 26 Jun 1999 20:46:30 -0500

Robin Hanson wrote:

> The human element is such a large part of most technological systems that
> I'm not sure what the "natural" human-ignoring form of a system would be.
> My mind boggles.

A TCP/IP stack?
An RS-232 port?

For that matter, the IDE protocol. Any place where an interface has been created for components to speak to other components. In these situations we see protocols that were influenced by the requirement that they be IMPLEMENTED by humans, but that were not influenced by a requirement to be USED by humans.

Perhaps after Mr. Yudkowsky's seed AI has run for several generations we can crack open the source and see interfaces not influenced by a need to be implemented by humans.

Darin Sunley